Violent Crime Trends Down in Major Cities Reporting to the FBI


Law Street Media, LLC
Chelsey D. Goff


NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, January 26, 2015. Violent crime continues to decrease across the United States according to new figures released today by the FBI. Among Law Street Media’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities with populations over 200,000, nearly all followed the national trend of declining violent crime.

Today’s FBI statistics show that violent crime continues to decrease with overall crime down nationally by 4.6 percent. Newark, New Jersey, the #7 Most Dangerous City over 200,000, was a standout in the field; it reported a drop in violent crime of more than 18 percent. Detroit, the Most Dangerous City in the country, and Kansas City, the #10 Most Dangerous, reported declines of 15.5 percent and 14.9 percent, respectively. Memphis, the #3 Most Dangerous City, was the only one among the Top 10 to report a modest increase of 3.4 percent. Many cities failed to report data to the FBI by the deadline.

Law Street Media, a website covering law and policy, released new analysis today of this preliminary data for each of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000, as well as the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000 and Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000, as an update to the company’s original Crime in America 2015 rankings.

The FBI’s semiannual report covers January to June 2014–the most recent period for which comprehensive crime statistics are available. As reported by Law Street, changes in these preliminary statistics compared with the same time period in the previous year provide key information on emerging trends in these important cities ahead of the full-year coverage of rankings that will be available this Fall.

For more information, including the Top 10 Most Dangerous and Safest States, check out Law Street’s full coverage of Crime in America 2015, which includes the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000, the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000, and Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000.

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