US CRIME RATES

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In the late 80’s I worked with a Professor at MIT who got me very interested in statistics. As a result I now analyze just about everything statistically. One thing the Professor taught me was to make sure I did not look at just raw data. Raw data can be very misleading unless you compare it to things like per capita. You need to dissect the data with a very sharp knife. With the entire world involved in crap political speeches I have been evaluating crime rates in United States. THE TRUTH IS THAT SERIOUS CRIMES, SUCH AS MURDER, HAVE BEEN DECLINING IN THE US.  Of the top ten affluent and high technology countries United States has the highest crime rate, but the bottom line is that violent crime and the killing of Police Officers was at an all time low in the last three years. What has increased dramatically in the last 50 years are property losses due to natural hazards. The climate change is producing more tornadoes as well as more flooding and drought. The storms are both more violent and more frequent.  WE ARE NOW A COUNTRY WITH LESS CRIME THAN IN THE 70'S, 80'S, AND 90'S.   Listed below are the indisputable facts that prove this.

 MURDER RATE PER 100,000 PEOPLE IN THE US FROM 1960 TO 2014

1960 =5.1, 1970 = 7.9, 1980 = 10.2, 1990 = 9.4, 2000 = 5.5, 2010 = 4.8, 2014 = 4.5

 MURDER RATE IN NEW YORK CITY PER 100,000 PEOPLE

1965 = 4.6, 1970 = 7.9, 1980 = 12.7, 1990 = 14.5, 2000 = 5.0, 2010 = 4.5, 2014 = 3.1

 POLICE OFFICERS KILLED PER 10,000,000 PEOPLE

 1960 = 7.22, 1970 = 10.84, 1980 = 9.2, 1990 = 6.45, 2000 = 5.76, 2010 = 5.21, 2013 = 3.45,

 2014 = 3.83, 2015 = 3.84

The largest number of Police Officers killed in the US was 304 in 1930 and 280 in 1974. In 1974 the US population was only 211 million, one hundred million less than today. THE LOWEST NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LAST 50 YEARS WAS 109 IN 2013.

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