When temperatures rise in the summer months, crime goes up, and young people are often the victims. They’re also increasingly a factor in crime. As part of our series Hot City: Crime in Providence, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison visited the North End and Smith Hill, two areas with the highest crime rate last July, to find out what it’s like to grow up in a place where summer can be dangerous.
With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July.
Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the north end saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Teny Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence about what’s happening on the streets of Providence.
Crime rises in the summer, and according to statistics released by the Providence police department, in July of last year the area with the highest crime in the city was the North End, Smith Hill, and Elmhurst area. These neighborhoods do include the historically high-crime areas, but the most violent crime last summer happened in what is considered a quiet neighborhood.
Statistics show that crime rises in Providence during the summer. In June, July and August of last year, there were 343 violent crimes, ten of them were homicides. There have been that many homicides this summer. As part of our special series, Hot City: Crime in Providence we sat down with Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements.