What do Falling Crime Rates Mean?

October 12, 2011

This study in the FBI’s latest stats on national crime is interesting:


Here is an excerpt:

  • Nationally, murder declined 4.4 percent, while forcible rape dropped 4.2 percent, robbery 9.5 percent, and aggravated assault 3.6 percent—all when compared with 2009 crime figures.
  • Geographically speaking, the South saw the largest decline in violent crime (7.5 percent), followed by the Midwest (5.9 percent), the West (5.8 percent), and the Northeast (0.4 percent).
I have a theory why this is. I don’t think we’ve become a kinder, gentler nation. I believe that our young people are now on television, video games, Internet and cell phones almost continually while awake. They couldn’t commit a violent crime if they needed to. Is this good news? It is if you were worried about crime. But there are problems way more insidious than crime.
What do you think?

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