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By James Yoakum, SFR | Agent in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Crime Rates Down

According to this Philadelphia Inquirer article major crimes were down across the board in Philadelphia for 2009. To me this is the one area in which Mayor Nutter has had undisputed success and he and police Commissioner Ramsey deserve a pat on the back. Since 2007 the big headline grabber - homicides - have dropped over 22%. 305 homicides in 2009 still represents 305 too many, but it's encouraging to see Philadelphia making progress. Other crimes that greatly affect quality of life in the city are also down significantly, such as vehicle theft which dropped 23% from 2008 to 2009.

Digging deeper into these numbers I'm further encouraged that Commissioner Ramsey's new policing strategies really are working well. For instance he's increased the 'homicide clearance rate' (the % of homicides that are solved) from under 60% to 75.6% in just two years. This indicates solid police work and should earn Philadelphia a reputation as a city that literally doesn't allow criminals to get away with murder. Also encouraging is the fact that the crime statistics dropped even though high-crime areas have been more heavily-policed. Since these statistics are based on reported crimes, more police on the streets often leads to higher crime rates since more crimes get reported instead of ignored. The fact that crime rates are dropping indicates that the added cops are acting as a true deterrent to crime.

Let's hope that the decreasing crime rate in Philadelphia can be maintained - especially difficult in tough economic times - as reducing crime is one of the keys to a bright future for Philly. If crime continues to drop the city will be more attractive to residents and businesses which is good for everyone involved, especially real estate owners and investors.


By Wireless Alarm System,  Thu Jan 20 2011, 23:25
This article made my day better. I have been planning to move in PA and raise a family. I would still bring my wireless house alarm though.

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