National Violent Crime Totals Steady Last Year, Survey Finds

The nation’s violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared with the previous year, the annual federal crime victimization survey found. Property crime, which includes burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, dropped from 131.4 victimizations per 1,000 households to 118.1 per 1,000, largely because of a decline in theft. The report is based on a survey of households and differs from compilations issued by the FBI, which are based on reports to police departments. Many big cities have […]


FBI: Crime Down in First Half of 2014

Crime declined during the first half of 2014, when compared to the first six months of 2013, according to the FBI. The federal agency's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) is based on data from 11,009 law enforcement agencies. Violent crime was down 4.6 percent between January and June 2014. The nation saw a 6 percent decline in total murders during that period, rapes declined 10.1 percent, aggravated assaults dropped by 1.6 percent and robbery offenses decreased 10.3 percent. Property […]

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Study: Violent Crime Rates Unrelated to Violent Video Games

For decades academics have debated whether violent video games contribute to real world violence, but a new study in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture argues scientists have been compiling the wrong data. While lab studies have often found links between video games and “minor or benign forms of aggressive behaviors,” there has been almost no research violence prediction methodology, the study’s authors write. For the study, researchers compared short-term violent crime statistics with video game sales, release dates […]


BJS: Violent Crime Declined in 2013

The nation’s violent crime rate declined slightly last year after two years of increases, the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics said today in its annual victimization survey. That may signal a return to the nearly two-decade-long downward trend in violent crime before 2011. The victimization report is based on an annual scientific survey of Americans on whether they had been victimized in the previous year. The interviews included about 90,630 households and 160,040 persons last year. It differs […]


'If Only They Had Treated Him Before'

Will Bruce strolls across the pale yellow and green linoleum tile of the psychiatric hospital in Augusta, Maine that has been his home for more than seven years. “So long,” he tells staff members who’ve gathered to see him off. “I hope I don’t come back.” The last time he was discharged, Will was a different man. He’d refused treatment for 2 1/2 months and gone back into the world the way he’d arrived: confused, incoherent, psychotic. Two months later, […]


The Costs of Violent Crime

A new Justice Canada study obtained by the Canadian Press finds that violent crime poses a huge financial burden on the economy. The study examined every case of assault, criminal harassment, homicide, robbery and sexual assault that occurred in Canada in 2009. The cost to the country, which has fewer residents than California, was roughly $12.7 billion CAD (about $11.5 billion U.S.), according to the report. “By far the largest single cost — $4.8 billion (CAD) of the total — […]


FBI Reports Nationwide Drops in Violent and Property Crime

Reports of violent and property crime declined nationwide in the first half of 2013, according to newly released data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More than 12,000 law enforcement agencies submitted crime data to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program for the first six months of 2012 and 2013. All violent offenses, including murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault and robbery showed decreases. Murders declined 6.9 percent and forcible rapes decreased 10.6 percent. The decreases were spread across […]


Violent and Property Crime Up for Second Straight Year

Violent and property crime rates rose significantly for the second consecutive year in 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) estimates released today. In 2012, the violent crime rate jumped more than 15 percent, from 22.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 26.1. The figures include estimates for rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault. BJS' estimates are based on data from the annual National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects information about crimes, both reported to […]


FBI Says Violent Crime Reports Down

Violent crime reports in the U.S. dropped 4 percent last year, the preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report said today. Property crime reports were down .8 percent compared with 2010. The report is based on information submitted voluntarily by 14,009 law enforcement agencies, and doesn’t include the many crimes not reported to police. In some cities there are mounting questions about whether statistics really portray the entire crime picture. The Crime Report recently reported on a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into […]