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Thu July 14, 2011
Big City Violence
The number of violent crimes in the US dropped significantly last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.
But then why haven’t Connecticut cities like Hartford and New Haven been able to join this trend?
There have been 18 homicides in Hartford this year, compared to 11 in the same period last year. In response to the rise in crime, the city has re-started a “shooting task force.” It all seems like a sad replay of violent summers past.
Earlier this year, we read stories that the FBI had named New Haven the fourth most dangerous city in the country. Turns out those stats don't really tell the story. They’ve had a rash of violence this year, and have responded with new surveillance cameras around the city.
But are they working? Today we’ll look at how two cities are dealing with crime.