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Unless otherwise noted, all data was independently collected from each Delaware Police Department and compared with The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
DNTV/Delaware Newsline’s Cold Case Project is a one-of-a-kind dashboard that monitors and tracks Delaware’s Cold Case Files and was born to serve Delawareans whos families have lost loved ones to unsolved homicides. Cases go cold for numerous reasons, but the fact remains that once a case is deemed “cold,” hope diminishes. While many law enforcement agencies have Cold Case Units, they are typically undermanned and utilize a “solvability factor” that prioritizes cases with the most favorable evidence such as witness cooperation, DNA profiles, known suspects, and physical evidence, to name a few. That prioritization has led to a significant number of cold case arrests, particularly with the technological advances of DNA testing. But it leaves a great number of cases at the bottom of the priority list not being re-investigated and often times left out of the public eye. Even though, in many cases, all the investigator needs to advance the case is that one witness to come forward.
There were a total of 73 murders in Delaware in 2020, or 7.4 for every 100,000 people — the 16th highest murder rate among states. For comparison, the national homicide rate stands at 6.5 per 100,000. Along with rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, murder is one component of the broader violent crime category. Just as Delaware has a higher than average murder rate, its overall violent crime rate is also higher than average. There were a total of 432 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 people in the state in 2020, compared to 399 per 100,000 nationwide. All data used to calculate population-adjusted crime rates, is from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report.
Crime rates changed dramatically across the United States in 2020. Most significantly, the murder rate — that is, the number of murders per 100,000 people — rose sharply, by nearly 30 percent. Assaults increased as well, with the rate of offenses rising by more than 10 percent. Both increases are part of a broader surge in gun violence. More than 75 percent of murders in 2020 were committed with a firearm, reaching a new high point, and cities that report data on shooting incidents, like New York, saw significant increases in this form of violence as well.