Harrisburg Happening

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Look what brought crime down in another city

Savannah is reporting a decrease in crime over last year, which the city attributes to putting more cops on the beat. Dah! Why didn't Reed think of that?

"Extra officers on the streets like the ones out this weekend have helped drop crime in the county by more than 16 percent, interim Chief Willie Lovett said. The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's goal for 2006 is to decrease crime by 15 percent. As of Monday, crime is down 16.4 percent compared to the first six months of 2005, Lovett said."


Maybe we should try that?


Blogger TattooJim said...

Thank You....I've been preaching for more cops on the street for a long time....in reality, we are 50 cops short of a full complement now...and 35 more cops are retiring this year..oh and only 1 recruit just graduated from the academy....numbers are getting worse people....the mayor will spend 4.3 million on trinkets, but not a NICKLE on improving the police force....

June 13, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I ran some comparison figures on Savannah versus Harrisburg, using the latest available stats (2004) and learned that per capital. I'm better off in Savannah by far when it comes to vilolent crimes, although I may be more likely to suffer a property crime in Savannah. But I have an alarm system here, and would have one there, so that evens those odds. Mind you, this is before Savannah put more cops on the streets:

2004 per capita murder Harrisburg = 22.7 Savannah = 17.7

Forcible rape (is there any other kind? Marital maybe?) Harrisburg = 105 Savannah = 50

Aggravated assault Harrisburg = 497 Savannah = 277

Stolen vehicle Harrisburg = 274 Savannah = 962

Bottom line - take my car - I have insurance to cover it. I can't insure against rape and don't want to collect on my life insurance

June 13, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

Check out this website for Savannah demographics. Very interesting. Their population as a city is over 100,000 as a metropolitan area over 300,000. We are a much smaller city, how do we compare in crime? I'm no statistician. Can you figure the difference? Thanks


June 13, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

They took the actual rate of each crime and calculated the per capita rate. In other words, we did not have 22 murders and Savannah 17.7 - it was calculated as if our 48,000 population was 100,000 and likewise with Savannah's actual number adjusted to per 100,000. That's the only way you can compare it. And you must also use the same set of data. IN this case, that was the FBI crime reports

June 13, 2006  

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