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.