BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say the city recorded 196 homicides in 2011.

That’s the lowest number of slayings in the city has seen since the city had 197 homicides in 1978.

The number is far lower than the homicide count peak of 353 slayings in 1993. It’s a significant drop, but the homicide rate is in the same range the city saw in the late 1980s, when the city had another 130,000 residents.

City leaders credit a sustained focus on repeat violent offenders and increased community engagement for the continued drop that reflects a nationwide decline.

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Comments (3)
  1. JQP says:

    Perhaps a better indicator of how law enforcement is doing would be to gauge the “attempted” murder rates. All this tells me is that the doctors are better at stitch them up.

  2. topper says:

    So true…It is insane for Politicians to even attempt to convince us that the city is safer now than it was in the 70;s. This is evidence that they really do think we are stupid. Baltimore is a cesspool and always will be.

  3. Right says:

    They just exported the low lives to other parts of Md. to take lives . Like Montgomery and Allegany counties

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