2016 crime stats are in – Chicago causes increase in murder

New FBI data shows that violent crime in the United States, including homicide, increased for two years in a row. Although the uptick is concerning, experts and advocates caution that the statistics are not evidence of a new nationwide crime wave.
For one, we still don’t know whether the rise is a blip, or not, for a country that has had historically low-violent crime levels in recent years. And while there are many theories (paywall) as to why the US has seen this rise in violence, one data point is pretty clear: The increase in murder rates is mostly concentrated in several big cities—with Chicago accounting for about one-fifth of the rise between 2015 and 2016.
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5 Responses to 2016 crime stats are in – Chicago causes increase in murder

  1. Unclezip says:

    Some questions as to why: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2017-10-31/authorities-looking-for-guns-stolen-from-springfield-ups
    According to secondcitycop, : “It’s nearly 1,000 guns – 600 pistols and a few hundred shotguns”.

    • Elmo says:

      Typical Apparatchik Press reporting. They can’t seem to figure out whether the guns were stolen from United Parcel Service or the U.S. Postal Service.

  2. Mike says:

    And yet a couple of days ago the local media here reported that the crime rate was down significantly.
    Figures lie, because liars figure. Especially in Chicago.

  3. Elmo says:

    “On Sept. 17, Chicago hit 500 homicides this year…”
    As of this morning, the number is 597. With almost two full months to go, they’re going for the record of 765.

    Rahm must be so proud.

  4. Exile1981 says:

    Chicago with its tough gun laws for citizens and lax prosecution of violent criminals.

Play nice.