On Monday, the FBI released its 2015 crime statistics and on the surface the numbers are staggering. Homicides in the US went up by more than 10% while violent crime increased by nearly 4% over 2014. Many cities in Arizona saw numbers close to these averages.
Many of the state’s largest cities experienced an uptick in violent crime between 2014 and 2015 including Phoenix and Peoria. There’s good news for East Valley residents though, Tempe, Gilbert, and Mesa all saw violent crimes decrease in the same time period. For these reports, violent crimes include homicide and manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. As you know if you read my blog… if you’ve been arrested for a violent crime, it’s imperative that you seek the counsel of an experienced Tempe Criminal Defense Attorney. Especially when the sentences for these crimes can mean life or death.
Back to the report, all told, the country reported its highest estimated violent crime rate in three years and while these numbers are far below those seen one or two decades earlier, they mark a sharp increase following two years of declines.
Around 1994, crime in the United States dropped consistently for 20 years. It was never going to continue dropping forever, but that doesn’t mean that a leveling off or even a slight uptick means we’re headed back to the early 1990’s. One of the problems with measuring crime as a rate is that rate increases tend to loom larger as the base number falls. Just something to keep in mind when you see news stories like this.
Tempe Criminal Defense Attorney Kyle T. Green
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