FBI Releases Grim Crime Statistics

FBI Releases Grim Crime Statistics

(TargetLiberty.org) – The FBI has just released its crime report for 2020, and the statistics don’t paint a pretty picture. After four years of falling violence levels, last year saw an enormous jump in some of the most serious crimes.

Every year, the FBI produces an annual report on crime statistics. From 2016 to 2019, the trend showed a steady fall in homicides as well as overall violent crimes. Now that trend has abruptly reversed. From 2019 to 2020, violent crime in the US increased by 5.2% – and homicides rocketed by a shocking 30% – the largest one-year rise since the FBI started recording statistics in the 1960s. That takes the US homicide rate to a staggering 6.5 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the UK’s 2020 homicide rate was 1.17 per 100,000 – just over a sixth of ours.

What caused this alarming rise? On possibility is the civil unrest that swept the country last summer. Violent mobs caused havoc in many of our cities, and many feel that liberal mayors didn’t do enough to help settle the unrest.

Worst of all, as bad as they are, these figures are incomplete. Police agencies don’t have to send their statistics to the FBI – it’s voluntary, and a report from The Hill stated that around 15% of agencies chose not to submit data. These include New York City, Chicago and New Orleans, so the real picture may be even worse due to high crime rates in these cities.

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