Happy New Year, Shiny New Crime Count

After ringing in the New Year with ComedySportz and walking home, I tucked myself safely in bed. And since our townhouse is near a firehouse and a few well-traveled ambulance routes, I will admit myself feeling relieved that I didn’t hear the familiar wail of sirens until 1:17 a.m.

But as I was drifting back into dozing after the 1:17 wake-up, I found myself wondering what the city’s final murder count was for 2006. A quick morning web-search turned up this December 30th story from NBC-10 that talks about how the count stood at 405.* And that number is horrifying in its own right, but I’m wondering if the final hours of ’06 made that grisly number rise even higher.

Whatever the number of lives lost and families grieving, I fervently wish that 2007 will bring us crime counts that are much smaller than those from 2006.

* I’m also not sure if that number was intended to be accurate for December 29th–when the events described in the news-story took place–of the 30th–when the story was actually filed.

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