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Crime, Murder Rate Drop

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Posted on Dec 21, 2009
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The drop in crime in big cities is reflected in the declining national numbers that were reported for the first six months of 2009.

Despite staggering unemployment and a poor economic climate, the nation’s crime rate fell 4.4 percent in the first six months of 2009. The national murder rate also fell 10 percent—a decline that is being called one of the more significant in decades.  —JCL

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Crime fell 4.4 percent nationwide in the first half of 2009 with the murder rate dropping a startling 10 percent, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI. The decline in murders is one of the more significant one-time decreases in recent memory, according to some criminologists.

Crime rates have been dropping since 2007, following a run up in violent crime during the middle part of the decade. FBI figures for 2005 showed that violent crime had increased 2.5 percent overall, one of the largest percentage increases in 15 years. Overall crime in the United States increased 3.7 percent in 2006.

[...] Criminologists and law enforcement officials believe the crime increases in those years had been triggered by a rise in gang activity, violent offenders returning from prison and children who have easy access to guns. In 2007 the uptick in violent crime had reversed, declining 0.7 percent and continuing into 2008 with the overall violent crime rate dropping 1.9 percent.

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By psychology career, June 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

Criminal psychologists may have a different view on the reasoning for the decrease. It may be a simple fact that many people across the country are experiencing poverty and therefore just possibly closer empathy! Equally fraud through identity theft is on the rise across developed countries and it maybe that these new style of gangs are becoming more sophisticated in their criminal activity.

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By CCTV Camera, May 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

Whatever the reason this is a welcome change to ‘crime rates on the rise’. Perhaps it is due to economy. While there seems to be a certain correlation between poverty and crime it might be a result of so many people at the poverty level, there are fewer victims available.

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By rico, suave, December 23, 2009 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

FRTothus:

Yer a idiot.

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By FRTothus, December 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

The millions we kill and rob and purposefully impoverish in our corporate wars of and for profit and hegemony have obviously been left out of the calculations.

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By Anarcissie, December 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

I believe Mr. O is knocking off some people in Afpak without talking to them much.  It’s hard to talk through a drone even when you use both sides of your mouth.  Besides, the rate of violent crime has been falling pretty steadily for several years.  Perhaps it’s a case of the government nationalizing the industry and taking it out of the hands of the private entrepreneur.  Why knock over a gas station and plug some poor pump jockey when you go to the Middle East and waste whole platoons, school classes and wedding feasts of “terrorists”?

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By Ken, December 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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When “W” was president, he taught us that if you disagree with someone, don’t waste your time: “kill them.” Obama encourages a certain level of dialogue, first.

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By Anarcissie, December 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

Everyone is depressed, even the murderers.

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By Howie Bledsoe, December 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Folks can´t afford ammo no more, it seems.
What a sad state of affairs.

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By Mo Rage, December 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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Crime is dropping because of all these guns we’re buying out here.  More guns is the answer to all our problems, naturally.

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