Cities Journal

Experts Baffled By Crime Number Spikes In U.S. Cities


Crime numbers have been dropping in almost all American major cities for decades, reaching all-time lows and giving people hope that urban crime might one day become a rarity more than a standard. This year, however, we are seeing a different picture. More precisely, a number of major cities across the United States are reporting dramatic rises in crime numbers.

For example, in Los Angeles, the overall crime rate has increased by more than 12 percent while violent offenses rose by more than 20. Downtown LA has seen the most dramatic rise in crime figures, with an increase of 34 percent overall and 56 percent in violent crimes.

Other major cities that have reported mostly double-digit surges in violent crimes and crimes overall include Houston, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Dallas, Milwaukee, Washington D.D., San Antonio and New Orleans.

There are a number of theories suggested by various criminologists from all over the country as to why this is happening. Some say that this has mostly to do with changes in crime reporting systems which now classify more offenses as crimes. Others say that a huge number of inmates have been released due to California’s Proposition 47. There are those who are also saying that the statistics are covering a very short period of time and that it is quite possible the numbers will balance out given time.

Whatever the reason might be, the reality is that the crime is on the rise throughout the country.

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  • Mark Talmont

    It took 3 weeks for Jerry Brown and the Democrats’ AB109 “let’em all out” bill to bear fruit–a career criminal with 16 prior arrests and 6 already in that year was released the same day he had been arrested for auto theft and went down the street and killed somebody in a carjack. This was in Fresno, but the nobody seems to care what happens there or anyplace else in the Central Valley. Basically auto theft is up 50% everywhere in California, this on top of what was already the auto theft capital of the country. Burglary is spiking too–Modesto featured another winner who stated upon his arrest for commercial burglary through the back door of a restaurant, “well they let me out in 3 days for the last one, why not?”

    And the liberals are obsessed with disarming the citizens so they can’t defend themselves.

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