By Scott Buttram
BIRMINGHAM –For the third year in a row, homicides in Birmingham have risen. The 2017 total is the highest in 21 years.
Locally, Trussville had no homicides in 2017, down from one homicide reported in 2016.
Birmingham has seen a year over year increase in homicides since 2015 after posting only 63 homicides in 2014, one of the lowest totals in 40 years.
A story published by Birmingham News crime and public safety reporter Carol Robinson listed 111 homicides in Birmingham and another 61 in the rest of Jefferson County. Robinson said the slight difference in the two lists is based on the criteria used.
“Wiki includes traffic deaths and we don’t,” Robinson said.
The 61 homicides in Jefferson County also represent an increase over the 40 reported in 2016.