Rising Crime? NBC News Says ‘Wrong’
According to a recent report by NBC News, the majority of Americans who believe that crime is getting worse in the country are mistaken. Citing FBI statistics, NBC News correspondent Kevin Dilanian sets the record straight by stating that crime rates in the United States are actually on the decline this year.
Dilanian’s article, titled “Most people think the U.S. crime rate is rising. They’re wrong,” debunks the common perception that crime is increasing in the country. He argues that 77% of Americans who believe this to be true have been “conditioned” by social media and news outlets that constantly portray crime as a growing problem.
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— Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (@RepGregMurphy) December 16, 2023
Criminologist Jeff Asher further supports this argument by pointing out that national crime rates dropped 8% in the third quarter of 2023, with property crime falling 6.3%. These figures are significantly lower than they have been in the past, with property crime at its lowest level since 1961.
Despite these statistics, Gallup’s latest poll revealed that 77% of Americans still believe that crime is on the rise. This belief is shared among 92% of Republicans, 78% of independents, and 58% of Democrats. Asher attributes this discrepancy to the constant barrage of news stories and viral videos that perpetuate the idea of a crime-ridden nation.
Even the FBI’s annual crime report for 2022 shows a decline in violent crime, with murder rates dropping back to pre-pandemic levels and a 6.1% decrease in murders reported. Asher’s own database of the murder rate in major cities also reveals a 12.7% decrease in murders this year, with only a few outliers such as Memphis and Washington, DC.
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— Touchdown Tony D (@TouchdownTonyD2) December 17, 2023
Despite the data, there have been numerous reports in the past year of ordinary Americans expressing growing concern about crime in big cities. In San Francisco, government employees have resorted to working from home to avoid becoming victims of crime. Small business owners in cities like Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Oakland have also reported having to close their businesses due to clients avoiding areas with high crime rates. Major retailers, on the other hand, have had to shut down stores in urban areas due to significant losses from theft.
While it is widely reported that retail theft has skyrocketed in some cities, Dilanian points out that the data does not necessarily support this claim. Instead, retail theft may be a localized issue in certain cities, rather than a nationwide trend.