Homicides up 30 percent, FBI says
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2020, homicides increased almost 30 percent from 2019.
The FBI confirmed that the data released Monday marks the first time in four years that the number of violent crimes in the US increased from the previous year.
Overall, crime was down 6 percent, but violent crime increased by five percent.
“In 2020, there were an estimated 1,277,696 violent crimes,” the FBI said. “When compared with the estimates from 2019, the estimated number of robbery offenses fell 9.3 percent and the estimated volume of rape (revised definition) offenses decreased 12.0 percent.”
According to CNN, the increase in homicides marked the “largest single-year increase” since the FBI began collecting data in the 1960s.
Last year saw 21,570 reported homicides. Most victims and offenders of violent crimes fell between the ages of 20 and 29.
However, the data is not comprehensive, as approximately 15 percent of eligible agencies did not participate. Among those cities that neglected to submit data are New York and Chicago.
Homicides up 30 percent in largest increase on record, FBI says
One comment on “Homicides up 30 percent, FBI says”
I have read (on the Internet, so it must be true!) that most violent crimes, especially those with firearms, are committed in Six American cities. It is the crime stats from those cities that drive up the ranking of the US as a violent country. If the numbers from those six cites are removed from the US total, then the US ranks among the LEAST violent countries. Can someone confirm that statistic? And if it’s true, what does that say about the governance of our major cities, which incidentally have the most restrictive anti-gun laws?
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