WASHINGTON — D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says that even though homicides are at their lowest level in nearly 50 years, other crimes including theft remain alarmingly high.
Lanier said Friday that the 108 homicides recorded in 2011 are the lowest since 1963.
She says 33 of the slayings were solved within a week, and that the overall closure rate for the District of Columbia was 94 percent this year.
The chief said that while the declining homicide rate is good news, thefts and thefts from automobiles had gone up this year.
The chief also said that the seven police districts would be realigned to more evenly spread calls for service. And a new initiative will allow victims of non-violent crimes, including theft, to report them online at their convenience.