The FBI releases statistics showing Detroit has seen a significant drop in violent crime this past year.
The number of reported violent crimes from January to June fell from 8,735 to 8,047, a 7.9 percent decrease. Homicides slid from 202 to 146 — a 28 percent drop — while robberies were down from 2,766 to 2,506, a decrease of about 9 percent.
Arsons were up 16 percent, from 292 during the first six months of 2009, to 339 over the same period this year. Rape also was up, from 181 to 200 — a 10 percent rise.
These are good statistics to hear but I still think about what happened to our client Reginald Burks and what an impact even one violent crime has on a family, especially at this time of year.
What do you think about the statistics? Do you feel safer visiting Detroit?