Crime Stats 2017
The recently reports on the crime statistics released by the FBI, National Crime Survey and the Gallup show that there is an enormous decrease in the property crime while the cases of violent crime has increased in the year 2017. This trend can be traced back from the report released in September 2016. The FBI releases the annual compilation of the crimes that were reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting. The report shows that there was a three point nine percent increase in violent crimes and two point six decreases of the property crimes in the year 2015. Since then, the trend has been the same as the crime statistics of 2016-2017 shows that the violent crimes have had an upward trend while the property crimes occurrence has greatly decreased. The violent crimes include rape, murder, hate crime, robbery and also aggravated assault which has increased by almost 5.3 percent from the year 2016 to almost reach six million cases in the year 2017. The property crimes include motor vehicle and larceny-theft as well as burglary which has decreased by 0.6 percent from the previous year.
According to the Washington post, hate crimes which include attacks against Muslims and the American Jews in various United States cities in the year 2017 have spiked upsurges that lead to loss of life and destruction of property. The crime levels in January 2017 were higher than other months due to the various upsurges due to the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump according to the research done by researchers at the California State University. Statistics from the University shows that the hate crimes, especially in the six major cities including Ohio, Chicago, NY, and Columbus, recorded double-digit rise in the first few months of 2017.The crime statistics 2017 for New York show twenty-four percent increase in the hate crimes which is the highest in the recent past. Chicago statistics show almost twenty percent crime increase from the year 2016. Ohio and Columbus have reported nearly ten percent hate crimes increase from the previous year. The statistics show that Seattle and Washington have registered an increase of six percent in the malicious harassment according to the preliminary data provided for the first half of the year 2017.
Although the crime statistics 2017 show a slight increase in violent crimes from the previous years, the percentage could be more since there are countless incidences of violent crimes that are not reported to the police as the involved individuals see this is a private matter and is not that severe to be reported to the police. The National Crime Survey shows that only forty-seven percent of violent crimes have been reported in the year 2016-2017 as the involved parties do not wish to involve the police as they fear that something worse will happen to them since they do not fully trust that the police will protect them from their oppressors. The year 2017 is a controversial year in the crime statistical analysis as crime has been greatly politicized as the major newspapers and various criminologists in America insists that the violent crime is not rising while other media outlets and some criminologists insist that there is an enormous increase in violent crimes but a decrease in property crimes.