April 4, 2018 – Maryland – Major crime in Annapolis dropped 33 percent during the first three months of 2018, a trend police say may be a sign that community policing initiatives started last year are making inroads.
As of Tuesday, the city has yet to see any homicides, has seen less than half the burglaries at this point in 2017 and has seen an across-the-board reduction in all serious crimes, statistics compiled by the Annapolis Police Department show. The declines are in Part One crimes, defined by the FBI as most violent and property crimes.
While police are cautious to attribute any one thing as indicative of the decrease in 2018 — rationalizing the changes as reflective of everything from the weather to the economy — the department hopes it’s a change that will carry through the year.
“The numbers say to me that we’re on the right track, but I don’t want to be overconfident in the numbers because they could change next month and the month after that and the month after that,” city police Chief Scott Baker said.
April 27, 2018 – Boston, MA – Area A-1 sees 8-Percent Drop in Part One Crime so far in 2018
Area A-1 has seen an 8-percent decrease in violent and property crime to date in 2018, compared to last year. According to Boston Police, 602 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and April 8 of this year in the area, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown Downtown and the North End
May 1, 2018 – Chicago, IL – Chicago’s decline in killings and shootings continued for the 14th consecutive month, according to crime figures released Tuesday.
It’s a remarkable drop in a city long plagued by gun violence. In April, there were 29% fewer shootings and 21% fewer killings — decreases authorities attribute to the hiring of more officers, stronger community policing efforts and investments in technology, such as gunshot detection systems and predictive crime software, to help deploy officers.
“The third piece, and I tell you, it just can’t be understated, is that fact that the community has now re-engaged with the police department and are helping us to reduce the violence,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told CNN affiliate WLS TV on Tuesday.
The city had 173 shootings last month, compared to 245 in April of 2017 (29.3% – ed), police said. The number of murders in April dropped from 48 in 2017 to 37 last month. (22.9% – ed)
With the technology now active in nearly half of Chicago’s police districts, officials in the nation’s third-largest city said murders are down 22% and shootings nearly 27% year-to-date, compared to the same period in 2017.
(They claim to have done the math for you, but 245 to 173 shooting is a 29.3% decrease. How come the newspaper says “nearly 27%”? And murders dropped from 48 to 37, which is a 22.9% decrease, which, from a journalistic perspective, you would round up to 23%. They took care to pull it down to 22%. – ed)