City | 2:10 pm | December 21, 2011 | By James Lu

Violent crime falls in first half of 2011

Frank Limon, the former police chief, oversaw an 11 percent drop in violent crime in the first six months of 2011.
Frank Limon, the former police chief, oversaw an 11 percent drop in violent crime in the first six months of 2011. Photo by Joy Shan.

Violent crime in New Haven dropped by 11 percent in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same time in 2010, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

That data comes as part of the FBI’s preliminary analysis of countrywide crime statistics from Jan. 1 to June 30, which counted homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults as violent crimes. Nationwide, violent crime fell 6.4 percent.

While the number of robberies rose from 338 to 350, the number of rapes dropped from 30 to 25 and aggravated assault cases fell from 585 to 460. Property crime in New Haven also fell 11 percent.

Despite the positive results, New Haven’s per capita crime rate remains the highest in Connecticut, above that of Hartford, Bridgeport, Stamford and Waterbury, which were also included in the FBI’s analysis.

The city has seen 32 homicides so far this year — eight more than last year and the highest figure recorded since 1991.

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