Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for First Time Since 2006

Timothy Williams, New York Times, June 3, 2013

Violent crime rose in the United States in 2012 for the first time in six years, led by an increase in major crimes in large cities, according to preliminary data released Monday by the F.B.I.

The largest increases took place in cities with populations of between 500,000 and one million people, where violent crime rose by 3.7 percent, including a 12.5 percent spike in murder rates, according to the data.

The nation’s largest cities, those with more than one million people, also had upturns in violent crimes, though at more modest rates. The largest cities had a 1.4 percent increase in violent crime, including 1.5 percent for murders and 3.2 percent for rapes, according to the statistics.

Over all, the nation’s violent crime rate ticked up by 1.2 percent in 2012 after years of steep declines.

In 2011, for instance, the nation’s rate of violent crime rate fell by 3.8 percent after having dropped by 6 percent in 2010 and 5.5 percent in 2009, according to F.B.I. data.

The last year in which violent crime rose nationally was 2006, when the rate went up by 1.9 percent. Before that, from 1996 to 2005, violent crime had declined by 17.6 percent, according to the F.B.I. figures.

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  • Puggg

    I guess it’s getting incrementally harder for the authorities to lie and cover up.

    • JohnEngelman

      According to the FBI, Uniform Crime Reports the overall rate of crime has declined since 1980. The rate of violent crime has declined since 1991.

      http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

      I see no reason to believe that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become less honest since 1980. The FBI has probably become more accurate with time as more advanced methods of compiling the crime rate have been developed.

      • sbuffalonative

        The US government and their bureaucratic lackeys are constantly looking for ways to re-calculate data to make minorities look less bad. That’s why Hispanics are counted as white (even when they’re black) and why Hispanics are counted as victims of crimes but not perpetrators of crimes.

        Also, municipalities have become better at hiding crime by not reporting crimes so they don’t look bad.

        You can’t seriously believe that with the large influx of non whites into the US that crime has actually gone down.

        • JohnEngelman

          There are two main reasons for the decline in the crime rate since 1980, and the decline in violent crime since 1991.

          The first is the tripling of the prison population since 1980.

          http://www.jacksonprogressive.com/issues/lawenforcement/punishment.pdf

          The second is the increase in the abortion rate since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. The kind of females who are most likely to have abortions are also most likely to give birth to boy babies who grow up to become violent street criminals. They are unmarried, poorly educated, unemployed, and not very intelligent.

          • OlderWoman

            The boy-babies, chose to drop out of school. Many of them don’t want jobs…they just want handouts or to be ‘entrepreneurs’…code word for drug dealers, pimps or selling contraband.

          • pawcatch

            The overall homicide rate is still very low,as low as it was in the late 50s.The homicide rate also includes all homicides regardless of plea deals.

          • josh

            You should read Steve Sailers defenestration of the absurd “Abortion Cuts Crime” theory. No,abortion has allowed a more free-wheeling sexual marketplace,but to think it has somehow culled the herd is ridiculous. Dude,look at the people!! Do they look like some kind of advanced selected race??? Black women get abortions a LOT,but all that means is that they have more power to bear chirrun WHEN and by WHOM they wish;it doesnt gainsay their basic instinct to reproduce!

          • The problem with the legal aborticide cuts crime theory, first advanced in Freakonomics, is that the stats on who partakes of that “right” are unreliable and all over the place. Another problem is that the timeline doesn’t fit — 14 is the start of the prime years for black violent criminals, and 1973 (Roe v Wade) + 14 = 1987. So if the Freakonomics theory was true, you should have seen the black crime rate start to drop in 1987. But it remained high for several more years, and started in on dropping seriously in 1994.

            The better theory is that the crack epidemic wore itself out, and states and the Feds started getting a whole lot more strict in handing out prison sentences and passed truth in sentencing laws.

          • me

            Yup. Black abortions are a good factor in the drop in crime….as are the ‘prisons for profit’ racket. However, our federal Marxists are replacing the ‘urban youth’ populations with imported ‘Mestizo’ street gangs and drug peddlers. Now, Engelman, tell me why I’m wrong…..LOL!

        • itdoesnotmatter

          Thanks, sbuff for mentioning that. I visited the FBI site recently. There seems to be no “hispanic” designation. Perps are categorized racially as either white, Amerindian, Asian/Pacific Islander, or black. How about that?

          • me

            How about that? Nothing is non-politicized by the Marxists with an agenda. Jose looks just like Knute, don’t you know…..

          • Joseph

            -and what the heck is with the “white non-Hispanic” checkbox on the recent “4473” forms ? It is now a separate racial category with its own line.

        • BonusGift

          How right you are. Also, the increase in guns and especially concealed carry has dampened the questionable numbers down; but clearly the several decade long trend is reversing. After the national and state credit cards are cut expect a surge in crime (i.e., whether or not reported; e.g., in California they have already begun to release prisoners due to budget issues, aka, YT’s money is drying up).

          • Morris LeChat

            not enough black abortions

          • Alexandra1973

            I’m against abortion, period.

            We should simultaneously make it illegal again (technically it already is, see the Fifth Amendment) and send the Africans and Mexicans home.

            They have the right to life, too…I’d just prefer they go exercise it in their home countries.

      • Morris LeChat

        boring people again?

      • Hunter Morrow

        0 percent honesty in 1980 to actively lying for negative honesty today.

      • ATBOTL

        Except for the massive increase in downgrading offenses to curry favor under modern, supposedly “data driven,” police management tactics, that have given commanders more incentive to lie than they had in 1980, when crime had been going up for decades and was expected to increase further.

      • One potential problem is the local police departments fudging their numbers before reporting them to the FBI.

        • JohnEngelman

          I do not see any reason to believe that law enforcement officials are less honest than they used to be.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Violent crime has been on the rise for decades. Hispanics commit every crime at rates at least 2 times what Whites do. Adding 30 million hispanics does to the crime rate what 75 million Whites would. The thing that has been going down has been reporting of crime, because it is useless, and the cat is out of the bag that the cops routinely downgrade the manner of crime. Happens millions of times per year.

    Crime being “down” the past 30 years is colossal lie. Kind of how America “only” has 11 million illegals when the number is at least 3 times that before you count anchor babies.

    • ed

      exactly right…………. we know the media is as corrupt as the day is long.

      so it makes sense to believe most of the stuff they spew is propaganda designed to aid the crooks in charge.

      • ed

        and it’s similar to education statistics.

        black communities vs white communities are so different in crime and education that when you combine statistics they make little sense even if they are true.

        • BonusGift

          You are correct. In addition, for example, inflation, unemployment, and GDP statistics have been so changed since around the early 1980s that they are virtually meaningless and merely serve propaganda purposes today. Furthermore, a good example of the point you make are international test scores like PISA where the U.S. now ranks very low, but if you only took YT’s scores we would be at or near the top. In short, you cannot add tens of millions of underclass scum and expect good results, and that goes for honest statistics as well.

          • ed

            where I really noticed the inflation this year was in garden supplies and plants, e.g. tomato plants.

            Last yr you could buy 6 tomato plants for a dollar or two, this yr $3 a plant…………. thanks barry and bernacke

          • BonusGift

            If interested: http://www.shadowstats.com/ provides corrected macro statistics for five time series (inflation/CPI is one of the series). It is a paid service, but if you are involved with that kind of thing they are useful, if not necessary.

          • josh

            Have you seen the price of pot these days? Shocking!

          • It’s still worth growing your own tomatoes!

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.vdare.com/articles/disappearing-urban-crime

      “The news for New York City is spectacular,” New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told a City Hall press conference on Monday. He and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly [Email him] were claiming credit for new FBI crime stats showing major crimes—murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, larceny and arson—dropping 5.8% in the city in 2003. New York’s crime rate now ranks it 211th of the 230 U.S. cities with 100,000-plus population – behind Omaha, Nebraska and Wichita, Kansas.

      Unfortunately, there must have been at least one skeptic at the press conference. Hizzoner reportedly “bristled” at suggestions that the city’s crime stats are being driven down artificially by numbers-fudging police commanders.

      “‘C’mon,” Bloomberg snapped. “It is just not the case. ‘” [Our incredible shrinking crime rate, by David Saltonstall, New York Daily News, May 25, 2004]

      Well, I am a skeptic. I say: sure, it’s the case! Because I’ve seen it.

    • Hunter Morrow

      It is instructive to note that the article mentioned crime is up in large cities because it is in these cities where it is easiest to fudge the numbers and would have the biggest impact nationally. For instance, the FBI and Department of Justice doesn’t take CompStat figures from Chicago because the figures are rigged downwards all the time. Robbery and burglary into “theft by taking”, attempted murder into assault with a deadly weapon, rape into sex assault for instance.

    • newscomments70

      “The prison population has more than octupled in the past 50 years (300,000 in 1960 to 2.5 million)” That is because of racism though. Every minority in prison is an innocent victim of racist, white police officers.

  • bigone4u

    The furious angry response to gun control tells us that people know that crime is an epidemic. Efforts to paint gun owners as racists and rednecks didn’t work because everybody is worried about their safety. Now that the “official” crime stats show an increase, even the libtards might wake up to reality. Or so I hope.

    • Funruffian

      Libtards can die on their own sword for all I care. In fact it would be poetic justice to see the race-traitors get their fair Karma handed to them. They never showed any loyalty toward us and I shall never give any to them.

    • Joseph

      No, if the crime goes down you don’t need weapons to protect yourself. If the crime rises it is because too many people have weapons. If the temperature rises it is anthropogenic global warming; if the temperature falls it is anthropogenic global warming

      They will never give up singing cum-by-hyah.

  • The__Bobster

    Turning loose the ugly brown squat monsters in our federal pens “because of the sequester” isn’t going to help matters. Look for the numbers to get worse in the coming year.

  • ye ol’ swampyankee

    What you see is peaks and troughs when looking at crime charts. However, you need to look for the overall “trend”. S as far as big cities are concerned, increases in crime over time, is par for the course.

  • sbuffalonative

    The drop in crime was an aberration that the left seized on. We all knew it was an anomaly and wouldn’t last.

    • BonusGift

      You are right. Also, when the state and national credit cards are cut the only thing holding large city crime from becoming beyond epidemic is YT and his ‘clinging’ to his guns.

  • Funruffian

    Violent crime hasn’t diminished, the reporting of violent crime has diminished, coupled by the fact that the DOJ often skews numbers, facts and figures. One such method is when they lump Hispanic crime with White crime.
    Where I lived for 15 years the murder rate exceeded it’s record from 58 to 72 murders per year. The previous record was from 1992. In 2011 it was broken. In 2012 it rose to 88 murders and I don’t see any improvement. This is a town in the North central valley of California with a population of 300,000.

  • pcmustgo

    I noticed a HUGE uptick in anti-white racism/harassment etc since 2006… that’s when it “started getting worse” for me and happening all the time.

    • me

      You need to move. There are still plenty of states where the majority of the population is still European American.

  • pcmustgo

    NYC is far safer than it was in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s… on the other hand, it’s probably because it’s filling up with Rich White People /yuppies, and blacks are shipping out to Newark and The South.

    • Jefferson

      How cool would it be if African Americans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans were priced out of New York City and the Big Apple became mostly middle and upper class Jews, WASPs, Italians, Irish, and Asians.

      African Americans and Hispanics are being priced out of San Francisco, which is why this city is now mostly White and Asian.

      I hope what happened to San Francisco, eventually happens to New York City.

      • Spartacus

        “I hope what happened to San Francisco, eventually happens to New York City.”

        Why ? So the libtards can avoid to confront reality for even longer, while the poorest whites in the rest of the US will have to live alongside even more “diversity” ? Great plan…

        • me

          Move. Even if you have to sell your stuff and ride a bus to where you’re going. There are still plenty of states where the majority of the population is still European American.

          • Spartacus

            I’m not American, but thanks for the tip 🙂

          • ATBOTL

            Are you going to start telling everyone here to “move,” whether or not such entreaties are germane to the topic at hand?

          • me

            Yup.

      • newscomments70

        San Francisco is horrible. The Bronx is nice compared to most of SF. Every BART and MUNI station in SF looks like “Dawn of the Dead” , infested with psychotic homeless people. They do every awful thing you can imagine in public. It is a filthy, dangerous city. Avante garde liberals with their funny glasses, drinking $10 lattes is not an improvement.

    • newscomments70

      ” blacks are shipping out to Newark and The South.” And they are being shipped to section 8 housing in former white communities in Long Island and Westchester.

      • me

        That’s where you vote the section 8 housing down. That’s where you visit city hall and confront your local government.

  • Spartacus

    Good news, let’s hope it gets worse. People will not see the light until the darkness becomes pitch-black.

    • BonusGift

      It will get worse; because the economic math doesn’t care what the cultural Marxists in power wish or want to believe it just is what it is.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Lies, lies, lies.

    The major media networks such as NBC, CBS, and ABC are experiencing losses of viewers and their ratings are down. People are tired of the BS.

    The crime rates haven’t changed, people are taking more notice because people are more aware. Gets kind of hard not to catch on to the criminal antics of 11 million ( cough, 30 million) beaners that are here illegally. That plus groids and their BS is causing serious negro fatigue among the white masses who are awakening from the illusion of magical negro.

    • JohnEngelman

      FOX News won a lawsuit to protect its right under the First Amendment to lie.

      http://foxnewsboycott.com/resources/fox-can-lie-lawsuit/

      NBC, CBS, ABC never needed to.

      • Jefferson

        NBC, CBS, and ABC lie all of the time. Especially when it comes to protecting the Hussein Obama administration.

        Liberals at those networks have a vested interest in making sure America’s first half Bantu president succeeds because they are afraid that a failed Hussein Obama administration will make Diversity look bad.

        • JohnEngelman

          List and document several of their lies.

          • Korpiklaani

            Are you serious? ABC had to fire several people for editing George Zimmermans phone call to 911 to make him sound racist. Want any more?

          • JohnEngelman

            The point is that ABC did fire them.

          • me

            As an artifice….

          • me

            List and document several of their unbiased, truthful reporting….

  • PesachPatriot

    I’m surprised that most violent crime occurs in big cities, especially ones with very strict gun control laws like NYC, Chicago and DC(sarc)….all the dangerous guns are out in the country…Miami has definitely gone downhill since i first moved down here…South Beach and Aventura are still ok but downtown miami and hialeah can get pretty bad after dark.

    • BonusGift

      Speaking of gun control, and you may have already read it, but a good book on the subject for those who haven’t is: “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws” by John Lott.

  • WowReally

    All those college educated white folk at it again! In their damn khakis and button down shirts.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    Are they kidding? Sure it went up because in some cases, they had no choice but to report them.

    Disingenuous Bastards!!

  • Alexandra1973

    I would say that violent crime is on the rise in major cities for the same reason car insurance is high in major cities. Demographics.

  • newscomments70

    There is no comments section on this article. Liberal media is becoming savvy at herding us off.

  • josh

    Excuse me but hasnt there been one big change in America in the last 20 years or so? That would be the creation of an extraordinarily VAST criminal network of Mexican drug dealers??? Havent they been relentlessly killing each other,attaining weapons and huge sums of money and constantly innovating new ways to smuggle drugs? (Catapults of drugs over the border??Tunnels??) I have always had a hard time believing that crime is falling,there are so many criminals!!

    • me

      Crime pays, but only if you’re an illegal Mestizo.

  • Ella

    If you look at FBI and criminologists stats, illegals commit the highest crimes. It’s not the media portrait of a “nice” Mexican family trying to flee drugs wars and poverty in Mexico. My estimate would be about 15% illegals are violent criminals in America. Blacks come in second for violent crimes after illegals. US could not deport these illegal losers if they had to because of high numbers being dispersed across the US. It’d take years for this to happen even if we even tried.

  • Joseph

    The increase in violent crime MUST be attributable to all of the new concealed-weapon carriers in the past 5 years. They warned us that we would see a return of “the wild west”.