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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Murder by numbers

Commenting on a story this morning on the Freeman's website about a high-ranking Kingston cop being suspended, a reader wrote that "'60 minutes' should do a piece on Kingston," in part because of "all the murders and bank robberies and shootings and corruption."

Look, I know this city has its problems. But "all the murders"? In fact, perhaps a story is in order on how few murders Kingston has. Since January 2007 — four years ago this month — there have been exactly two homicides in Kingston. Nearby Newburgh, meanwhile, generally has more than 10 killings per year despite having roughly the same population as Kingston.

All things considered, Kingston is a pretty safe place for a city its size.



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