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Violent Crime Increased in 2016-Is America Entering a New Era of Violence?

For the best overview of Crime in the United States and links to recent reports, see Crime Over Time-Crime in America. See FBI charts at the bottom of this page. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department […]

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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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Crime Increases in America Per Gallup

Subtitles Per Gallup-Household crime is at its highest point since 2001. Per Gallup-Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults report that they or someone in their household was the victim of at least one form of conventional crime in the past year. If the Department of Justice says that crime is at historic lows, why is Gallup […]

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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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Females Have Higher Rates of Violent Crime Than Males

Subtitles FBI (in 2014) and National Crime Survey (in 2015) reports more female than male victims. Traditionally, males have higher rates of violent crime victimization than females. Why is this happening? Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for […]

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VIOLENT CRIME REMAINED FLAT FROM 2014 TO 2015 AFTER TWO YEARS OF DECREASES

Subtitles: Crime survey data may indicate future increases. Violent crime increased per the FBI. Homicides continue at record rates per the FBI and other data. For a comprehensive view of crime in America, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/ Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist […]

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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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Homicides Explode in the US: Orlando Has Largest Percentage Increase

Homicides Explode in the US Orlando, FL has the largest percentage increase in homicides from 2014-2015 for the 56 cities studied Author’s note: My abbreviated notes from a new study funded by the US Department of Justice are below. They document the significant rise in homicides in the United States during 2015. Crime in America.Net […]

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Americans Worry About Increasing Crime- Bill Clinton Defends Mass Incarceration

 American concern about crime is at record levels (highest in 15 years) while former President Bill Clinton powerfully defends mass incarceration. These two issues capped the most interesting and telling week in criminal justice in quite some time. The result could have meaning for criminal justice reform. Gallup Poll: Americans’ level of concern about crime […]

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As Predicted, Violent Crime Increased in 2015

Violent crime increased for all categories during the first six months of 2015 per the FBI. What follows is part editorial and part news. Editorial: The fact that violent crime would increase in 2015 was easily foreseen. This is what we wrote on this site after the FBI released their full report on crime in the […]

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New Data Provides Better Information on Crime Victims and Offenders

The FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014 (latest data available). The information is an example of the kind of  better, more comprehensive and complete crime data that the FBI is compiling. NIBRS, 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, […]

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Top Ten Violent Crime Metro Areas in the United States

Top Ten Violent Crime Metro Areas in the United States Based on Department of Justice Victimization Data Violent Crime Rates-2010-2012. Published in December, 2015 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA—42.8 Denver-Aurora-Bloomfield County, CO—40.2 Pittsburg, PA—37.5 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA—36.2 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR—34.9 Kansas City, MO/KS—33.9 St. Louis, MO/IL—33.5 Baltimore-Towson, MD—30.8 Oklahoma City, OK—30.7 Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI/MA—30.2 Editor’s Note: We previously published […]

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Top Ten Violent Crime Counties in the United States

Top Ten Violent Crime Counties in the United States Based on Department of Justice Victimization Data Violent Crime Rates-2010-2012. Published in December, 2015 Sacramento County, CA—44.1 Allegany County, PA—42.4 Philadelphia County, PA—41.4 Honolulu County, HI—39.4 Pima County, AZ—36.1 Dallas County, TX–35.9 Riverside County, CA—34.4 Alameda County, CA—33.5 Marion County, IN—30.6 Salt Lake County, UT—29.7 and […]

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Crime Rates for States, Metro Areas and Counties Compared for the First Time Using Victim Data

Editor’s Note: This is the first time that the Department of Justice, using the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), have offered comparison data of states, counties and metropolitan areas (not cities). The data within this report that will be of interest to most readers is contained on pages 44-47 where crime rates (2010-2012) are offered […]

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5.4 million violent victimizations in 2014-violent crime rate decreases

The violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared to 2013, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Violent crimes include rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. Violent crime rates decreased from 2013 (23.2 victimizations per 1,000) to 2014 (20.1 per 1,000). The BJS report did not include homicides […]

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