Thursday, June 8, 2017

Homicides in Palm Beach County this year. Just the numbers. Draw your own conclusions.

To verify these numbers for yourself, use the Homicide Tracker, a database provided by The Palm Beach Post.

As of June 8th when these numbers were provided:

  • Total homicides in Palm Beach County (PBC) in 2016: 87.
  • Total homicides so far in 2017: 51 (by this time in 2016 there were 41).
Three cities in PBC account for over half of all the homicides so far this year: West Palm Beach (14), Riviera Beach (8), and Boynton Beach (5): 27 of 51 homicides (note: by this time in 2016 there were 3 homicides in West Palm Beach). West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, and Boynton Beach have their own police departments.

All other cities listed in the Post database with their own police departments (13 cities):

  • Jupiter: 4 homicides
  • Delray Beach: 2
  • Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton: 1
  • Lake Clarke Shores, Lantana, Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Tequesta: 0

Total homicides in the nine cities patrolled by PBSO and including unincorporated County areas: 16 (versus 35 in seven cities with their own police departments).

  • Unincorporated PBC: 8 homicides
  • Belle Glade, Greenacres: 2
  • Lake Worth, Mangonia Park, Pahokee, and Wellington: 1
  • Lake Park, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay: 0
  • “Loxahatchee” (not a city but listed in the database): 0

Breakdown by race:

  • Black: 33 homicides
  • White: 10
  • Hispanic: 2
  • Native: 1
  • Other: 1
  • Unknown: 4
Note the Post’s database used to have a search tool by age but that was eliminated. When that was available it showed most homicides, by far, were in the age group 20–34.

So. What does all this mean? Again. Draw your own conclusions.

You’ll notice in the database there are many cities not on the list. There are 39 cities in PBC. Going back to 2009, the first year in the database, that would suggest there has not been a homicide in the following cities (17 total):
  • Atlantis
  • Briny Breezes
  • Cloud Lake
  • Glen Ridge
  • Golf
  • Gulf Stream
  • Haverhill
  • Highland Beach
  • Hypoluxo
  • Juno Beach
  • Jupiter Inlet Colony
  • Manalapan
  • North Palm Beach
  • Ocean Ridge
  • Palm Beach
  • South Palm Beach
  • Westlake
The year 2016 was a sign of hope and progress, clearly showing a downward trend of homicides in PBC. Maybe the Post can assemble a team to find out what happened in 2016 and why the trend, sadly and tragically, seems to be going in the opposite direction this year.

The headquarters for the Post is right on Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. They don’t have to go very far to discover there’s a problem in this County.

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