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Malloy: Crime drops to lowest level in decades

September 25, 2017 GMT

Crime has fallen to the lowest level since 1967, according to Connecticut officials citing the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Statistics report released Monday.

That includes 78 murders reported in 2016—the lowest number since 1969, according to a summary provided by state Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, Mike Lawlor.

“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,” Governor Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “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.”

In 2016, there were 72,787 crimes reported (of the ones tracked by the FBI), Lawlor said. That number peaked in in 1990 at 177,068.

In 2010, the total was 88,342, representing an 18 percent decline during Malloy’s 6 years on office, he said. Reported violent crime declined even more — 20 in the same period.

Malloy and his staff credited law enforcement officials, social workers, teachers and judicial workers for the decline.

“This report highlights how Connecticut’s anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives are working to make residents and communities safer,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, also in a statement.