Through yesterday the city has had 34 homicides, two more than last year’s extraordinarily low count of 32. While the city count has crept back up, the 2009 murder count in the East End is still below even last year’s: so far in 2009 we’ve had but 8 killings in the past 9 months (compared to 10 at this time in 2008 and final count of 12).
I would like to have been able to say where the city’s homicides are happening, but there is no reliable public record of where these crimes are occuring. Both the RPD’s Crime Incident Information database and the RTD’s Homicide Report are missing records and are not reliable for current data. Anecdotally, it seems like the spike is in southside – can anyone put their hands on some reliable numbers to help out?