According to Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department,
after 19 homicides that happened in the previous year, an increase in
the crime rate is expected in 2015.
Foley added, “Last year, we anticipated that we’d have a spike
in crime this year. Certainly not as high as it is”.
Till now, 24 homicides have happened in the city and the number is higher
than it was in the last few years.
As there are many factors, the reason of the increase in crimes cannot
be determined, according to Foley. He added, “If you look at convictions
a few years ago, you can see who’s coming out of jail. We also knew
where our staffing was. We also knew where everybody’s resources
Gov. Dan Malloy said, “We continue to be a very vital partner. I’ve
actually sent more resources to Hartford than just about anyplace else
and sent more resources to Hartford than they asked for in the last round”.
From the year 1982 to the year 1989, Bernie Sullivan served as Hartford
police chief and he recalls when the city’s crime rate was even
worse than at this time. He told, “When I was chief, we were running
40 homicides a year. We had a lot more gang activity”.
The increase in crime rate is affecting the operation of businesses and
businessmen are facing difficulties as they feel insecure in making investment
in the city. Homeowners are also facing issues in renting out their place.
According to one of the homeowners, John Milledge, “All too often
I’ve seen my property located around the city, the North End particularly,
on the news”.
On Tuesday, 32-year-old Desmond Wright was shot in the temple and left
to die on the sidewalk on Pershing Street in broad daylight.
Deborah McDonald, who lives in the neighborhood said, “The crime
rate is so different now. I’m not safe as I was”. According
to her, there is a requirement of the city to provide more chances for
work and she added, “How do these young kids get guns? You can get
a gun but you can’t get a job.
In last 4 years, the homicide rate in Hartford was the highest.
The homicide rate of 2015 in Hartford is more than the rate that is in
Boston, a city that is 5 times bigger than Hartford. The percentage of
homicide crime rate is also higher than that of Bridgeport and New Haven
News Source: www.NBCConnecticut.com