I waited until today to make sure that this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, but it appears to be true: Baltimore City’s homicide tally in March was seven, the lowest monthly total in more than 30 years. And that is amazing news.
The Baltimore Sun’s Justins (George & Fenton), veteran crime reporters, note that this very low monthly murder total might just be a fluke. But when you consider that since 1970, Baltimore has had fewer than 10 murders in a month only four times, our March numbers seem even more encouraging.
Baltimore police credit new policing strategies, such as expanding the number of heavily monitored crime zones, with the decrease. Still, they are cautious about pegging March’s low murder rate as a new trend: “We’re far from celebrating; we’re far from jumping up and down,” Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said. “We’re going in the right direction.”
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