HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – New numbers from the FBI show crime in Connecticut continued to drop last year.
Violent crime, which includes murder, rape, arson and aggravated assault, dropped by 8.5 percent in 2015– to the lowest level since 1974. In addition, the total number of crimes reported in Connecticut is at its lowest level since 1967.
Mike Lawlor, criminal justice policy advisory for the Malloy administration, says a number of factors are behind the falling numbers including crime-prevention tactics by police and criminal justice reforms enacted in Connecticut, which focus resources at the offenders who are most likely to commit crimes in the future.
Among all 50 states, Connecticut saw the second largest drop in violent crime in 2015, next to North Dakota which experienced a decrease of 9.4 percent.