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What are the Factors Behind the Drop in Crime Rate?

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Connecticut crime rates 2014, Stamford criminal attorneyThe crime rate is down in Connecticut. That’s the good news. But is it possible to know exactly what factors are responsible for the improved enforcement, enhanced prevention, and ultimately the reduction in crime?

According to a new report by the Connecticut Emergency Services and Public Protection Department, the 2013 crime rate in the state dropped to its lowest level in four decades. The figures are based on the major crimes reported to the FBI, including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.

The year-to-year drop in violent crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault offenses, was 10.8 percent, double the national average. Property crime, which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft offenses, was down 7.6 percent, higher than the 5.4 percent national drop. However, although the drop in the murder rate was dramatic, there were still 86 murders in the state in 2013. The overall crime rates are largely driven by the crime rates in the state’s three largest cities, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford.

According to the Hartford Courant, partial responsibility for the decline could be the state’s gun task force, as well as the implementation of “Project Longevity,” a state and federal program aimed at reducing gun crime in the state’s three largest cities. However, it’s difficult to pinpoint any specific programs as responsible for the drop.

Other factors may also play a part in the drop in crime rates, including:

  • Better electronic surveillance, which frequently plays a part in the identification of suspects. More and more private businesses are installing surveillance cameras.
  • Scientific advances in DNA technology, which has improved dramatically within the last decade.
  • The proliferation of cell phones, whose users frequently take photos and videos that can add critical information to a criminal investigation. Cell phones can also contain text messages and GPS positions that can be obtained by police with a warrant.
  • Community policing efforts that put the focus on preventing crime in the first place.
The reduction in crime rates is little consolation if you have been charged with a crime. Contact an experienced Stamford, CT criminal attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and get the best outcome for your case.  Call the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner today.