Fewest number of homicides in Detroit since 1966

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s chief of police says the number of homicides in the city in 2017 was the lowest in more than 50 years.

The Detroit News cites James Craig as saying there were 267 homicides in Michigan’s largest city last year. That would be the fewest number of homicides since 1966, when there were 214.

The 2017 figure still must be confirmed in a review. Department officials will hold a news conference later this week to address the numbers.

Changing demographics make the 267 number look less impressive. The Detroit News says that, factoring in Detroit’s current population of around 670,000, the rate of homicides in 2017 was around 40 per 100,000 residents.

The rate in 1966, when Detroit had around 1.5 million people, was just 14 per 100,000 residents.

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1 Comment

  • J.B.

    Does it matter that the size of Detroit has also shrunk by about half since 1966?
    So percapita the murder rate has been a lot higher or least the same since 1966 despite losing over half of its population?
    Long story short, but with a shot of honesty.
    The only reason the murder rate is down is because of a greatly reduced number of targets…
    Just another Democrat kind of success story…