When Philadelphia’s murder total fell to a historic low in 2013, officials believed it was no fluke.
Now, with 2014 at the same rate – and other violence also down – experts say the city is indeed getting safer.
With 248 slain, the toll is one above last year’s – and a 25 percent drop from 2012. But statistics show police in 2014 solved fewer killings than in 2013.
Overall, violent crime fell 7 percent.