US Crime Rates Reach Historic Lows — With Violent Crimes Declining 15.2% In The First Three Months - The Average Joe

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    US Crime Rates Reach Historic Lows — With Violent Crimes Declining 15.2% In The First Three Months

    Rhea Lobo

    June 17, 2024

    Crime rates can’t escape the long arm of the law — and justice has its fingerprints all over this win. After facing a generational resurgence in violent crimes during the 2020 pandemic, the US is now seeing a significant turnaround. According to the latest FBI report, crime rates have plummeted to “historic” lows — with violent crimes falling by 15.2% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the previous year.

    • Among the notable declines, murder rates saw the sharpest drop at 26.4% — with reported cases of rape and aggravated assault also falling by 25.7% and 12.5%, respectively.
    • Property crimes followed suit with a 15.1% decrease, including a 16.7% drop in burglaries and a 17.3% reduction in motor vehicle thefts.

    No rest for the wicked: Despite occasional spikes, violent crimes have been lowering since 1992 — with 2020 standing out as a year of disruption and heightened crime rates due to societal challenges and reduced law enforcement presence. However, as of 2024, strengthened community initiatives and enhanced policing efforts have significantly reduced violent crimes. Jeff Asher from AH Datalytics suggests that while there are still six months in the year, “it’s plausible that this will be, by far, the largest one-year decline in American history.”

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