Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Violent Crime down in U.S. 49% in last 24 years.

From Pew Research Center Fact Tank, 01/03/2019
Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the past quarter century. The two most commonly cited sources of crime statistics in the U.S. both show a substantial decline in the violent crime rate since it peaked in the early 1990s. One is an annual report by the FBI of serious crimes reported to police in approximately 18,000 jurisdictions around the country. The other is an annual survey of more than 90,000 households conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which asks Americans ages 12 and older whether they were victims of crime, regardless of whether they reported those crimes to the police.
Using the FBI numbers, the violent crime rate fell 49% between 1993 and 2017. Using the BJS data, the rate fell 74% during that span. (For both studies, 2017 is the most recent full year of data.) The long-term decline in violent crime hasn’t been uninterrupted, though. The FBI, for instance, reported increases in the violent crime rate between 2004 and 2006 and again between 2014 and 2016.
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1 comment:

  1. One of the few things I agree with Donald Trump on is his idea of "fake news." The news has us afraid of all the wrong things. Americans have lost their perspective and their grasp of reality is very distorted. While violent crime is way down. deaths due to substance use disorders such as opioids are way up. If we add DWI fatalities into that number, the people who die in the U.S. from self ingested substances is in the tens of thousands. We needed be scared of the other but our own personal demons and behaviors.