Crime stats: Norfolk more dangerous than New York City

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – 10 On Your Side continues to cover the crime wave sweeping over Norfolk.  There have been 19 homicides so far this year including four deadly officer-involved shootings.

“Like many other urban areas we’ve suffered a significant increase in violent crime,” said Norfolk Police Chief Mike Goldsmith.

Goldsmith told city council Tuesday he’s looking at ways to combat the issue. He plans to put officers in crime hot spots and use social media to fight crime.

10 On Your Side wanted to see how bad it is.  We compared Norfolk’s 2016 homicides to other areas in the United States.

Norfolk has a population of 245,000.  With the 19 homicides, that’s a ratio of 1-to-13,000 residents.

Statistically there are only a handful of cities more dangerous than Norfolk. That short list includes Richmond, which has 21 homicides and New Orleans which reports 37 killings in 2016.

But some major cities are statistically safer than Norfolk. New York is the nation’s biggest city with more than 8 million people.  Police have worked 89 homicides this year.  That’s 1-to-95,000 residents.

In Philadelphia, 87 killings.  The ratio there is 1-to-18,000. And then there is Chicago, a city known for its violence.  It’s 11 times larger than Norfolk with a population of almost 3 million.  Chicago has 175 homicides this year, but if Norfolk was the size of the windy city police would be investigating 209 homicides.

US Cities 2016 Homicides Ratio
Richmond
21
1 : 10,374
New Orleans
37
1 : 10,387
Norfolk
19
1 : 12,917
Chicago
175
1 : 15,544
Philadelphia
87
1 : 17,934
New York
89
1 : 95,000

Norfolk is also one of the top in country when it comes to deadly police-involved shootings.  Norfolk has had four of them this year.

Houston has had five deadly police shootings.  Los Angeles and Chicago four.  New York and Boston have had one deadly shooting a piece.

Deadly Police Shootings 2016
Norfolk
4
Houston
5
Los Angeles
4
Chicago
4
New York
1
Boston
1

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