Crime on the Rise

By: Jalyn Brown

Rise In Crime In 2015

Several major cities, including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, are reporting higher homicide rates compared with last year, though for the most part, homicide rates remain well below the elevated levels recorded in the late 1980s and 1990s. Aggregated data for all of the nation's largest cities so far in 2015 show no signs of a broad trend toward increased violence or criminal activity that might be felt in communities across the country. But even if Americans tend to report local crime as increasing rather than decreasing, other questions indicate that few believe local crime conditions are truly dire. Most of the older population describe the problem of crime in the area they live in as "extremely serious" or "very serious".

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