July 5th, 2011|
July 5, 2011
Murders in Birmingham, Alabama, are up 60 percent this year, according to The Birmingham News.
So far this year there have been 32 murders, compared with 20 during the same time period in 2010. Three of these murders have happened in just the last week and 10 occurred in May. Here are the other murders by month: March (7), April (5), January and June (4), February (2).
“The truth is we had an exceptional first six months last year, so we have to battle those numbers this year,” said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. “In fact, the first six months of 2010 ranks as the lowest we’ve experienced in the last 10 years, so duplicating it has been difficult.”
Roper says most people who commit murder in Birmingham know their victim beforehand. The police department also reports arrests in two-thirds of its homicide cases this year.
“I’ve said from the beginning, I’m not that interested in short-term comparisons because crime will ebb and flow,” said Roper. “For example, this year still ranks as the third-lowest in the 10 years and is actually tracking closely with 2009 so far. In any other year, that would be great news, but it’s higher than 2010.”
Why do you think homicides have increased in Birmingham this year?
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