Homicides Drop in D.C. to Nearly 50-Year Low

January 3, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — Slayings in the District dropped about 8 percent this year, bringing D.C.’s homicide total to its lowest number in more than 45 years.  As of Thursday, 131 homicides had been reported in the District, the fewest since 1963, when the city recorded 95 killings. Last year, 143 were slain. Around the Washington region, homicides stayed largely steady, with slight increases in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Fairfax counties, and small drops in Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William and Loudoun. Police and experts say many factors influence homicide numbers, and there isn’t a clear reason driving the region’s results. Factors that can affect the number of murders include police strategy, the economy, weather, the availability of guns and demographics.
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