Hopkins study boasts eye opening crime statistics in city

Posted at 12:12 AM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 07:11:18-05
An update to a Johns Hopkins University report on Baltimore crime since Freddy Gray's death and the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri was released Tuesday.
While it shows some crime may be down, some think we're not where we need to be as a city.
The installation of Commissioner Kevin Davis may have had a stabilizing effect on crime in the city, there's still much to be done in terms of reducing crime at all levels.
Johns Hopkins sociology professor Dr. Stephen Morgan talked to ABC2, and shared some eye opening crime statistics.
"We're seeing progress on homicides, down by 23 percent and no change in shootings--zero percent," Morgan said.
City residents said they see that firsthand.
"You can be in your travels an hear gunshots like we're in a war zone so what can you do?" Baltimore resident Anthony Colston said.
Morgan said that when Davis served as interim commissioner from July to October 2015, overall crime dropped but arrests went up.
"We're no where near where we want to be in Baltimore, but one thing that we are seeing is we're trending downward," Smith said.
A downward trend may be seen in some crimes, but others are up, like carjackings and robberies. 
"It's possible that some of the declines are genuine. It's possible that some of them reflect a lower reporting rate of crimes that exist," Morgan said.
Those that live in the city are aware of the problem too.
"My experience so far in the city is that I haven't personally experienced any of the crimes, but I see the reports, I know that it's here," said Jason Fischer.
Police said they understand the problem and want to make the city safer.
"We want to see this violence stop today this minute. We absolutely want to, but we said some of these things take time, some of these initiatives take time to develop," said Smith.
Police officials say the study is helpful and it will take more time to really see a consistent trend in crime statistics.

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