Sometimes, it’s helpful to look at historical trends in violent crime to put recent violence in perspective. Here is data from the FBI. The first chart is the number of violent crimes. Note the worst years for homicide came in the early ’90s. The best year was 1999. (So far in 2013, 27 people have been killed. In 2012, 36 people were killed.)
This chart looks at the the number of crimes per capita – the violent crime rate:
The data will mean different things to different people. Some will say it’s proof the city is a violent place. Others will say crime no worse today than it was 20 years ago – in fact it’s better.
Links of the Day:
– The NSA gets around encryption on websites many of us thought were secure. This is unbelievable.
– Cuomo wants to get tough on failing schools, but never mentions deconcentrating poverty in schools.
– I interviewed a University of Rochester astrophysicist about why people like to deny science.
RCSD 1st day attendance: THE GOOD: 91% That's up 2% from last year. THE BAD: That means of 30k students, 2700 weren't in class.
— Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) September 5, 2013