Kansas City’s Crime Rate Down, Just Barely

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Mo., police are seeing results from their fight against violent crime. They investigated 108 homicides in the past year, which is six fewer than 2011.

Last year police jumpstarted their anti-violence program is called the Kansas City No Violence Alliance.

Within the program, police work with all level of law enforcement from federal prosecutors to probation and parole officers to target the most violent offenders.

According to the Kansas city Star, since the start of 2012, police have seen less homidices happen in the city’s “hot spots,” which are urban core neighborhoods that are known for high crime rates.

They’ve also seen a decline in overall homidice numbers, meaning that their increased enforcement in hot spots wasn’t just serving to send crime elsewhere.

One hundred and eight homicides in 2012 roughly translates to 22 homicides per 100,000 people.

Of the city’s 108 victims, 83 percent died from gunshot wounds.

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