Illinois residents may be interested to learn that, despite President Trump stating otherwise throughout his campaign, crime rates have fallen across the nation. In fact, crime rates have continued to fall since the early 1990’s. To determine the nation’s crime rate, two measures are commonly used. These are annual reports from the FBI and annual surveys conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
When looking at violent crime, the numbers from the FBI showed that the crime rates fell about 50 percent between 1993 and 2015, though there was a 3 percent increase between 2014 and 2015. Numbers from the BJS also show a decline to the tune of 77 percent. Similarly, both sources show the property crime rates also fell between the same time period. The FBI figures show the rate fell by 48 percent while the BJS reported a 69 percent decline.
Strangely, the public perceptions surrounding crime rates in the nation do not match the reported data. In fact, Gallup surveys since 1989 show that each year, more Americans believe that the crime rate is rising. About 57 percent of registered voters believed that crime has gotten even worse since 2008, even though the data shows that this is not the case.
Although the data shows that crimes rates have gone down, the punishments associated with many crimes are still incredibly severe and can have a major effect on a person’s ability to continue living a normal life once they have repaid their debt to society. A criminal law attorney may assist with creating a strong defense that could potentially result in the charges being reduced or dismissed altogether.