Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Detroit Homicides Drop In Spite of Designation as Most Dangerous City

The number of homicides in Detroit fell by 15.4 percent in 2010, according to the Detroit News. The city reported 308 murders in 2010, down from the 364 reported in 2009. Nonfatal shootings dropped by 10.5 percent, to 1,170 last year from 1,307 in 2009.

Other large cities also reported a decline in homicides in 2010. Chicago recorded 435 last year, down from 460 in 2009. Cleveland reported 77 homicides in 2010, down from 122 in 2009.

Some cities, though, saw marked increases. In Boston, the number of killings rose to 72 in 2010, up 47 percent from 49 in 2009, while Milwaukee reported 94 slayings in 2010, up 31 percent from 72 in 2009.

Although comprehensive figures aren't available for all of 2010, during the year's first six months, New Orleans led the nation with 31.2 homicides per 100,000 residents, followed by St. Louis (17.5); Baton Rouge (16.6), La.; and Detroit (16.1), reported the Detroit News.

This comes on the heels of Detroit being listed as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in the world. CNN reported finding in April based on various crime reports and listed Detroit along with Baghdad, Iraq, Caracas, Venezuela, Juarez, Mexico and Beirut, Lebanon and one other U.S. city, New Orleans.

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