MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Newly-released figures show Miami set a historic low crime rate in 2018.READ MORE: New Travel Restrictions In Place, Dow Drops 905 Points Over New COVID Variant Concerns
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, along with Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina and City Manager Emilio Gonzalez joined community leaders to make the historic crime-rate announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
The City of Miami recorded 51 homicides in 2018, down from 59 in 2017 and 39 of those homicides were the result of gunfire, according to statistics provided by the police department.
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Today, along with City Manager @emiliotgonzalez and @MiamiPD Chief @Jcolina67, we announced that we reached a historic 50-year low in homicides in the @CityofMiami. This is not only history, this is personal, and a testament to our commitment to save lives and reduce crime. https://t.co/tGpDwT9FWr
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@MiamiMayor) January 9, 2019
Stats show other illegal activities, including burglaries, were down 11 percent, robberies 17 percent, assaults and batteries were down by 6 percent.
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Improvements in crime-fighting techniques were credited for the improved numbers.