A new analysis of local police department figures released Monday by the American Enterprise Institute shows violent crime and murders up in several major American cities.
In the cities of San Antonio, Chicago, Phoenix and Houston murders are up more than 50 percent in the first portion of 2016 when compared to the same time frame in 2014. The study used local police department figures starting on Jan. 1 of 2016 and 2014. Due to differing availability of data, some of the date ranges extend to April 30 and others to May 30. They remain consistent, though, when comparing that city’s crime numbers to a previous year.
The other cities the study showed with an increase in homicides are Detroit, Philadelphia, Fort Worth, New York City, Memphis, Denver, San Diego, Dallas, Seattle, and Austin. Murders are down in Boston and Los Angeles.
Los Angeles experienced the highest growth in violent crime of the cities surveyed by AEI. Its violent crime rate increase nearly 50 percent. San Antonio and Charlotte had the second and third largest violent crime rate increase, both more than 30 percent. Memphis, Seattle, Houston, Denver, Chicago and Austin all experienced an uptick in violent crime.
In six other cities, New York City and San Diego included, violent crime went down when comparing the beginning of 2014 and 2016. (RELATED:Criminal Justice Bill Lowers Punishment For Smuggling Drugs In Submarines)
Currently, Gallup polling shows Americans’ worries about crime are at a 15-year high. Fifty-three percent of Americans said they “personally worry about crime and violence … a great deal” in a March 2016 poll.