Is Detroit on its way to become a safe city?
How dangerous is Detroit, really?
The city of Detroit has had its problems including its homicide rate and violent crimes rate. However, things are changing.
Detroit’s Chief of Police James Craig is working to end the corruption and make the city a safer place. While many residents have threatened to give up on the city, the work Craig is doing may be reason to give Detroit another chance.
Looking to Our Past
Early this year, I published an article detailing Detroit’s homicide rates for the past two years. To understand where we are at today, we need to look at where we once were.
To offer a little perspective on how other cities are doing around the county, in 2012 New York had a homicide rate of 5 per 100,000.
It is easy to see why Detroit is considered such a dangerous city. While we are making progress, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Lowering Detroit Crime Statistics
Detroit may have a reputation as the most violent city in America, however, that is changing. Between the 2012 and 2013, we saw a 14% decrease in homicide rates and that was not the only rate to lower. Violent crimes and non-fatal shootings were down as well.
Detroit’s Police Chief heard about the recent FBI statistic that labeled Detroit as the most violent city and said that is not the whole story.
Already, as reported by the Detroit News, Detroit homicide rate is at a 15% reduction from last year and are projected to be down 19%. Both percentages have beaten the Police Chiefs goal of a 10% reduction.
“We’re poised to have the lowest number in 40 years.”
~ Detroit Police Chief James Craig
The homicide rate is not the only rate that is lowering. Robberies are down 24% and carjacking is down 31%.
Chief Works to End Corruption
Reducing crime is not where the job ends. The police chief is also cracking down on the police department. This includes the arrest of four officers according to the Detroit News.
Those officers are now under investigations for allegedly “wrongdoing involving handing of narcotics.”
In addition, back in May the Narcotics Section was completely disbanded after it was unearthed many problems within the section. Problems like,
- Confiscated drugs were not logged as evidence.
- Falsified evidence tags for expensive electronics during drug raids.
Change is Coming to Detroit
While there is still much to do in Detroit, change is coming. Corruption will no longer be something in Detroit, our streets are becoming safer, and soon Detroit will be known for more than just its homicide rates.
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