Philadelphia keeps pace with last year’s homicide reductions through first six months of 2014

The latest daily update from the Philadelphia Police Department counts 115 homicides in the city through the first six months of 2014, one less than were reported by the same date last year:


The year-to-date total reflects a 37 percent reduction when compared with 2012 and 43 percent when compared with 2007. In 2013, 284 — or 81 percent — of Philadelphia’s homicide victims were killed with guns, according to the Philadelphia Police 2013 Homicide Report.

As we previously reported, 247 people were murdered in Philadelphia during all of 2013, representing an unprecedented decrease of 85 victims — or more than 25 percent fewer deaths — when compared with 2012. But the city still suffered a higher rate of homicide per capita than larger US cities, which also saw vast reductions last year.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.


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