Crime in Hartford decreased for the second straight year in 2006, with double-digit percentage declines in murder, rape and burglary, reports the Hartford Courant. Although crime fell more than 5 percent overall last year – and nearly 17 percent over two years – gunfire continued to rise.
Hartford continues to wrestle with a perception of danger, aggravated by incidents such as the lockdown of an elementary school this month and the shooting death of a suburban grandmother who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police Chief Daryl Roberts said that, “Hartford is not as bad as people think it is.” He added, “The majority of times, victim and assailant know each other. There are very few random acts of violence in our city.” Mayor Eddie A. Perez proposed hiring 80 new police officers – an increase in the force of about 20 percent.