The Increasing Crime Rate in Big U.S. cities
by Charles Martel on October 4, 2017 - 10:09pm
The article “Violent Crime Is on the Rise in U.S. Cities” by David Johnson from TIME tackles the striking increase in violent crime in many of the United States’ most populated areas in 2016. Despite being far from the kind of violence that was present in 90’s, for a second year in a row last year, data collected from 61 metropolitan police agencies showed significant jumps in homicide, robbery and aggravated assault. Throughout the article, many factors are mentioned, such as gang violence, gun ownership, violence linked to drugs and even conflicts that start on social media. However, it is also mentioned that is still too early to arrive to conclusions toward the intensity of this sustained increase in crime over the country, as according to criminologists, it usually takes more than three years before reliable trendlines can be established.
Personally, it seems as though while we have a general idea of what the root of the problem is, violence will always plague big cities because of their high concentration in population. In such dense areas, there is a lot of different ethnicities and a huge disparity in salaries. Jealousy, prejudice and simply burnouts from overwork are assuredly bound to push people to commit acts of violence.