Crime Down Nationwide, Less So in California

This post, Crime Down Nationwide, Less So in California,  by Kent Scheidegger, first appeared on  at

The FBI published its annual crime statistics, Crime in the United States 2018, today. The violent crime rate dropped 3.6%, not quite back to the 2014 low, but getting there. The property crime rate continued its steady decline, dropping 6.9%. “Rate,” for both figures, means number of crimes per 100,000 population, as distinguished from the raw count of crimes.
Also continuing the trend, California did not fully share in the drop, as it has not since it began its mass decarceration project in 2011. The drops in California rates were 1.3% for violent and 5% for property.


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