Despite some high-profile violence over the past few years, crime in Connecticut is down nearly across the board, according to the most recent FBI statistics available.
The data show that about 10,100 violent crimes occurred in 2010 (down 13 percent from 2001), mirroring a national trend. Homicide, however, rose in that period to 132 in 2010 from 106 in 2001.
To be sure, these statistics can be an imprecise measure of crime, as authorities point out:
These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.
So, proceed with caution.
Download the data here.