Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Increase in homicides and carjackings during first seven months of '21

The Crime Report writes that major police agencies reported increases in homicides, shootings and carjackings over the first seven months of 2021, according to a survey released by the Police Executive Research Foundation (PERF).

But PERF noted that the increase was “generally smaller” than the numbers reported in the previous year.

According to the survey, the total number of homicides increased 12 percent in the first seven months of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. The figures suggested a declining trend. During a similar period in 2020, homicides increased by 28 percent over the previous year, PERF said.

The  figures were compiled from statistics provided by 157 agencies who responded to the survey.

They reported a total of 3,335 homicides from January 1 to July 31, 2021, compared to  2,979 reported in January-July 2020.

The survey also noted a 16 percent increase in carjackings over the same period, mostly experienced by the larger urban agencies who responded to the survey.

“Robberies continued to decrease, though not as substantially as they did last year,”  PERF said.  “These offenses decreased 11 percent in PERF’s 2019-2020 survey, and decreased 8 percent in our 2020-21 survey.”

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