Governor, Public Safety Officials Say State Crime Rate Dropped

Connecticut had the fourth largest drop in violent crime in the United States last year, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office.

Malloy and state public safety officials held a news conference on Monday afternoon to announce the 2014 crime numbers and said the FBI’s annual crime report shows that overall crime in Connecticut continued to drop in 2014, including a 9.7 percent decrease in violent crime.

“To our police officers, to our public safety officials, thank you. Thank you for all the work you do each and every day in our communities. We are making extraordinary strides in Connecticut, with crime at almost a 50-year low and violent crime dropping dramatically each year. We’re being smart on crime – and it’s working,” Malloy said in a statement. “Over the last four years, we have delivered precipitous crime drops in Connecticut. We’ve implemented sweeping reforms, and we’ve enacted smart criminal justice policies. But we also must look at this issue through a holistic lens.”

In states with a population of more than 1.3 million people, Connecticut saw the biggest drop in violent crime of any state in the nation, according to the governor‘s office.

Violent crime in Connecticut in 2014 decreased 9.7 percent overall. There was a 5.5 percent decrease in murders, a 12.2 percent decrease in rape, an 11 percent decrease in robberies, and an 8.4% decrease in aggravated assaults.

Nonviolent property crimes also decreased in the state during 2014, including a 7.6 percent drop in burglaries, a 2.1 percent drop in larcenies, and a 2.1 percent drop in motor vehicle thefts.

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