Crime in the United States is down

It doesn’t feel like it, but according to Wikipedia:

the quantity of overall crime is still far below the peak of crime seen in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s, as other crimes such as rape, property crime and robbery continued to decline.

Data like this is critical and nearly always omitted from news reports. The problem with representing data without context is that there is nothing to contrast. It would be much more helpful to see a dashboard of crime data compared against historic rates. The storytelling which is shared by the media is designed to produce engagement, not educate on the facts, which is a larger issue.

Overall statistics of crime however don’t mean much because crime is so local. If crime is down in Utah but up in Detroit where you live, all that matters is the Detroit statistic. I’ve also heard that data on murders is suppressed because better medicine produces less deaths from gunshots, but that’s a rumor and I’m not sure if it’s true. More here.

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