Connecticut had one of the largest decreases in violent crimes and property crimes in the nation in 2013, based on the newly-released FBI’s Crime in the United States 2013 report.
According to the report, the state saw a 10.1% decrease in violent crime in 2013, compared to a 4.4% average decrease nationally.
Additionally, Connecticut saw an 8% decrease in property crime over the year, compared to a 4.1% national drop. The number of reported violent crimes in the state is the lowest since 1977, and property crime the lowest since 1967.
Dealing with at-risk populations
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the report shows that Connecticut “is making sustained progress in crime reduction. Our approach prioritizes violent crime and is based on state-of-the-art risk assessment tools.
“We credit our success to close collaboration between local, state and federal agencies,” Malloy said.
He also pointed to the many “community-based nonprofits committed to prevention, especially among at-risk youth. These partnership efforts are working, and preliminary statistics are showing that this trend is continuing into 2014.”
“Connecticut’s hardworking law enforcement professionals are making real change in our communities,” Malloy said.
FBI crime statistics
The FBI’s report shows the following statistics for 2013:
–10.1% in Connecticut
-4.4% in overall United States
-8.0% in Connecticut
-4.1% in overall United States
— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald