It took Pittsburgh until two days before Thanksgiving to release its crime totals for last year. Violent crime reports rose three percent in 2014, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There were 71 homicides, compared with 46 the year before. Property crime went down 6.6 percent.
The clearance rate for homicide was 48 percent; the national rate in 2013 was 64.1 percent. Police Chief Cameron McLay said release of the report was delayed by technical issues. Now, the police bureau has hired three new crime analysts and has put in place systems that will enable faster completion of next year's report, which should be out by March, McLay said.