Homicides in D.C. have reached 'historic low,' according to the Metropolitan Police Department

(WJLA) - Homicides in Washington, D.C. are at a historic low despite being on upswing, according to statistics from the Metropolitan Police Department.

There have been more murders in the District this year than there were around this time last year, according to ABC 7 news partner WTOP.

The District averaged about 430 homicides annually in the 90s compared to just 104 last year and 88 homicides in 2012.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier attributes the declining murder rate to the department's efforts to build and maintain relationships with the community.?

Read more at WTOP.