It’s too early to call, but this could be some potential good news: We’re a mere 56 days into 2013, but the homicide rate for 2013 so far is a whole 43% below last year’s awful start. According to City Paper, “The number of shooting victims declined 23 percent. In fact, all major categories of crime except rape have seen decreases so far this year.” In addition, the homicide clearance rate for 2013, in its infancy, is at 92 percent (it was 70 percent in 2012). As Ryan Briggs at City Paper points out, there is really nothing to indicate that the overall yearly numbers will consist of a drop off in homicides, since the sample size is ultimately very small. But considering how much people freak out when Philadelphia has a fast start to the year in homicides, we’ll think of it as some minor good news when the city has a slow one.
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