published Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Good news in declining crime

There’s no denying the fact that crime is a terrible thing.

It’s awful when we are the victims of it.

It’s terrible that we have to fear it.

And, ironically, it has sad consequences not only for its victims but for those who commit it.

Unfortunately, the nature of mankind is such that some of us sometimes threaten the lives, safety and property of others with violence and theft.

But while we cannot escape all possibility of crime, there is a glimmer of good news because crime is reported to be down.

According to 2010 FBI statistics, there was a 5.5 percent drop in violent crime and a 2.8 percent drop in property crime compared with 2009. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter declined 4.4 percent, forcible rape was down 4.2 percent, robbery decreased 9.5 percent, and aggravated assault declined 3.6 percent.

The drop is interesting. Rather than hold criminals responsible for their actions, many people blame crime on poverty and hard times — yet our country’s economy certainly hasn’t been booming lately while crime has been dropping.

Still, whatever the explanation for the decline, it’s welcome.

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Livn4life said...

Has Chattanooga heard about these I assume national drops? It sure seems we have had a lot more shootings this year. Don't know about last year but it seemed bad enough. I do agree it is not poverty which causes crime. It is just an innate part of our lower nature which creeps up on people and before they know it crimes are committed.

May 26, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
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