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FBI Data: Crime In Connecticut Dips To Lowest Level Since 1967

A crime scene in Bridgeport earlier this year.
A crime scene in Bridgeport earlier this year. Photo Credit: File

The FBI’s state-by-state crime report for 2016 shows that crime rates continue to decline in Connecticut, which has seen the largest reduction in violent crime of any state in the nation over the last four years.

The overall crime in Connecticut is now at its lowest point since 1967, according to the FBI report. The number of murders statewide is at the lowest point since 1969.

Since 2011, overall crime in Connecticut has declined by 18 percent, including a 20 percent drop in violent crime.

“Because of smart, data driven policies and reforms to our criminal justice system, we have made Connecticut neighborhoods safer than they have been in nearly two generations,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “As fewer people commit crimes and become incarcerated, we are not only improving communities but also saving taxpayer dollars and allowing the state to better focus our resources on education and social services.

"The data presented in today’s federal report could not have been possible without the hard work of our state and local police officers, probation and parole officers, correctional officers, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, teachers, substance abuse and mental health professionals, and community advocates – each working every day to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family, and I thank them for their service.”

Notable statistics in the FBI’s annual crime trends report for Connecticut this year includes:

  • The total number of murders fell by 32.8 percent, declining from 116 in 2015 to 78 in 2016. This is the fewest number of murders in the state since 1969.
  • Connecticut had the largest percentage drop of murders of any state in the country in 2016.
  • Rape declined by 4.4 percent over the prior year.
  • Property crime declined by 1.4 percent over the prior year.
  • Burglaries declined by 2.3 percent over the prior year.
  • Larcenies declined by 2.8 percent over the prior year.
  • According to the FBI, reported “Index Crimes” (crimes involving victims, such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson) dropped 25.9 percent in Connecticut between 2008 and 2016. During the same time period, despite a slight increase in 2016, violent crime is down 24.5 percent while property crime has fallen by 26 percent.

For a report summarizing the FBI’s crime data and its impact in Connecticut, click here .

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