According to The Huffington Post on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) compiled data of the United States crime rate in major metropolitan areas. While the statistics show that violent crime across the United States continues its downward trend, violent crime dropped in only half of the cities ranked by Law Street as the nation's top ten most violent.
The site looked at murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault numbers in the first six months of 2013 and compared them to those same numbers in 2012. The data was based on the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Law Street only considered cities with at least 200,000 residents, which means towns like Flint, Mich., were spared a spot on the list.
The only category that had a higher number of crimes was rape, but that number is slightly misleading due to the fact that in 2013, there was a broader definition of the crime adopted by the Justice Department. In 2013, 14,400 rapes were reported, while in 2012 there were 13,242 under the old definition of rape.
There are multiple reasons why crime rates continue to fall. One is more effective policing techniques, which incorporate technology and data to target specific areas or individuals, and are much more effective in prevention efforts.
“It is no longer how many officers you have, it’s where you place them. You’re seeing a lot more creative policing than what was going on in the past,” Professor Tod Burke of Radford University says.
The top 10 most dangerous cities are associated with crime mainly due to the fact that they need financial resources to be solved.
In a broader look at crime rate for the United States, small cities and rural areas saw a larger reduction in violent crime rates compared with metropolitan areas, and by region, crime fell the most in the Midwest. In all, murder fell by 6.9 percent, while robberies fell by less than 1.6 percent.
Take a look at the slideshow to learn more about the most violent cities.
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