After three years of distressingly high levels, homicides in the US declined significantly across the board in 2023 – even as the public’s concerns about crime remained at its highest in over two decades, reported CNN.
In particular, the five biggest cities in the US – New
York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix – each saw homicides fall by
over 10%, according to the latest data from those police departments.
Further, national data
from the FBI covering January to September 2023 showed an 8.2% drop in
all violent crime, including a 15.6% drop in murders, compared to the same
period in 2022. These declines were seen in cities over 1 million people and
those under 10,000, and across all four regional quadrants of the US. The full
year of data won’t be released until this fall, but the trend is clear.
Those years were marked by the closures of schools,
courts and social services, a rise in gun sales and a dysfunctional community
relationship with police. Now, officials say the decline in the homicide rate
is a credit to reopened services, focused crime-fighting tactics, improved
partnerships within the law enforcement community, and a significant reduction
in the backlog of criminal court cases.
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