Charleston's Murder Rate Drops Dramatically

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Charleston is on the verge of recording its lowest number of murders in two decades.

With less than a week left, the city has recorded just one murder in 2013.

That's down from 10 last year.

Police Chief Brent Webster says it's hard to take all the credit for a low murder total because a lot of killings are fueled by rage.

However, he believes the partnership between the city police and the federal prosecutor's office in the Drug Market Intervention initiative on the city's West Side has helped reduce violent crime.

He also credits neighborhood watch programs and an emphasis on having officers walk beats in their patrol areas.

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