“They Can’t Touch the Criminals. They Know They’re Untouchable.” Public Opinion and Crime

If offenders really believe that they are beyond the control of society and the justice system, and if we refuse to send clear messages, we are in deep trouble. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of […]

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Crime Victims by Age Widespread-Those Age 66 and Above Have High Numbers

Subtitles Those age 66 and above have the highest raw numbers for burglary-breaking and entering and other categories. Violent crime is concentrated for victims in the 16-35 age brackets, but the numbers are at (or close to) 100,000 victimizations for those age 11-50. That’s a remarkable spread for criminal victimization. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, […]

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Is the Media Correctly Covering Crime and Fear?

Editor ‘s note: A version of this article was sent as a letter to reporters and editors who cover crime. My principle question is whether media is dismissive of crime and citizen fear of crime? Has the crime discussion been corrupted by politics to the point where it’s impossible to candidly report crime topics? Author […]

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Fear of Crime Increases in America

Subtitles Per Gallup, Concern About Crime Climbs to a 15-Year High. Per Gallup, Americans’ self-reported experience with crime has been trending up since about 2001 and is now at a numerical high. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of supervising public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime […]

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Are Americans Wrong on Crime?

Subtitles Who gets to define the reality of crime-criminologists or the American public? Are American’s delusional as to fear? Gallup-Americans’ direct experience with crime is at a 16-year high. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of supervising public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the […]

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Crime Is “Not Out of Control” Versus Record Homicides, Fear and Gun Purchases. Who’s Right?

Subtitles Violent Crime Increased in 2015. Crime has taken on a political context in the presidential election. Is that framework is affecting objective analysis and reporting? “Yes, you are suffering, proponents of the “crime is not out of control” message seem to state, but you shouldn’t be because crime is at historic lows. Author Leonard […]

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Democrats and Many Countries Think You’re Violent

Democrats and Many Countries Think You’re Violent Data from the Pew Research Center As the Obama era comes to a close, the overall image of the United States among key publics in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region is generally favorable. In addition, U.S.-led military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria wins broad […]

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Crime in America is Increasing

Is America entering a new era of increasing violence? Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from a larger article from Crime In America.Net titled, “Violent and Property Crime in the US–Crime in America,” see source below. Article: The bottom line is that violent and property crime are still at record lows for the country […]

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Police budget cuts-What will they do to adjust?

Crime in America.Net We have a student question; “With all the state and local and federal budget cuts, what will law enforcement agencies do to adjust?” Implied is a larger question; can they continue to offer the same levels of public safety services? Bigger question; am I safe? The driving issue in criminal justice today […]

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Crime in mid-size metropolitan areas rising faster than larger metro areas

Crime in America.Net Dear readers. We keep getting inquiries about city and state crime comparisons and we keep saying that it’s really difficult to make accurate assessments.  See http://crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/ for a discussion. But what many are looking for is purely understandable; you’re seeking to information to keep you and your family safe or you’re looking […]

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Two-thirds of Americans Believe Crime is Increasing: Is That Belief Justified?

Crime in America.Net The Gallup Poll below graphically illustrates the America perception that crime is on the rise in this country; two-thirds believe that crime is increasing. Problem is, crime in America is at a 20 year low. According to the National Crime Survey, crime today is lower that when the Department of Justice started […]

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New City Crime Comparisons: Do You Believe the Data?

Crime in America.Net We have updated information comparing crime in cities for 2009 from CQ Press using  data from the FBI’s “Crime in the United States.” For the complete list of comparisons, see http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf. See more information on this website regarding a comprehensive overview of crime rankings for cities, state and countries at http://crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/. We […]

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Highest States for Teenagers Carrying a Weapon “or” Why are Rural States so Violent?

We need your help. We’re asking readers for their interpretations as to why rural states rank so high in surveys of criminal behavior. Crime in America.Net We’re always looking for new statistics on crime and criminal justice issues; something to bring perspective beyond the usual victim surveys and crimes reported to police. The Centers for […]

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Your invitation to a public release–attitudes toward crime and punishment

Dear Colleagues: Pew is creating ground-breaking research on public safety issues. Please see the invitation to participate in the release of  new data as to public attitudes towards crime and punishment.  We suspect that the data will be supportive of alternatives to incarceration and will indicate a public willingness to consider doing “something else” with non-violent offenders. […]

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So Who Killed Neighborhood Watch? Crime in America.Net

None of us are sure, but it seems to us that it was decades ago that a US Department of Justice agency produced a neighborhood watch manual. See the latest version at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/pdf/NSA_NW_Manual.pdf. The National Sheriff’s Association has always had the National Neighborhood Watch Program and the National Crime Prevention Council has always offered some […]

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