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America's Crime Epidemic

16% say they or a family member has been a victim in the past year.

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Gut-wrenching crime has been a staple diet in America. Generally speaking, crime in the U.S. increased during the pandemic across the nation.

The trend in 2022 is pointing up, and crime statistics are shocking.

New York City received 29,608 crime complaints in 2022, up from 20,543 in the same period in 2021, a 44% increase. Many New Yorkers are afraid to take the subway.

Chicago had 12,665 complaints in 2022, up from 9,339 in the same period in 2021, a 36% increase. 2021 was the deadliest year in a quarter-century and one of the most violent years.

The most recent FBI violent crime data shows the rate of violent crime in the U.S. in 2020 was 398.5, down from 404.5 in 2010 and 506.5 in 2000. Though the long-term trend is down, violent crime increased in 2020 from 380.8 in 2019.

In a Golden/TIPP Poll conducted in early March, one in six Americans (16.6%) or their family members has been victims of crime in the past twelve months. The poll asked Americans: have you or a family member been a victim of a crime in the last 12 months? The responses tallied as follows:

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