Murders in Major US Cities Fewer Again in 2013
|January 3, 2014||Posted by Staff under Crime|
A 2014 excerpt of AFP, Jan 1.
Homicides fell sharply in many leading US cities in 2013, plummeting by as much as 20 percent.
America’s biggest metropolises, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, which witnessed sky-high murder rates in the 1990s, saw a continuation of the downward trend of recent years.
Chicago had been struggling to stem an epidemic of homicides, after gang violence pushed the murder toll there to 501 in 2012. Crime reports through December 27, 2013, showed 407 homicides, a nearly 20 percent drop.
Washington was an exception to the national trend, however, with 17 percent more murders committed last year than in 2012. Officials in the US capital explained that the rise was in part a statistical anomaly, since the previous year, 2012, registered an unusually low 88 killings.
Ed. Notes: If people are now behaving more sanely — fewer murders in major US cities — is now a good time to spend less on police and weaponry like drones and helicopters? And let’s make the economy more justice to keep the better times rolling. The way to do that is with geonomics.