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Americans More Worried About Crime Amid Violence, Retail Crime Wave



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By Casey Harper (The Middle Sq.)

After a serious spike in violent crime lately and a wave of retail theft, Individuals are rising extra involved about crime.

Newly launched Gallup polling discovered that 53% of surveyed Individuals fear a “nice deal” about crime, the very best stage since 2016. The ballot discovered a further 27% of Individuals are anxious a “honest quantity” about crime, with ladies, Republicans and metropolis residents among the many most involved.

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“Individuals’ concern about crime and violence within the U.S. has edged up up to now 12 months, and for the primary time since 2016, a majority (53%) say they personally fear a ‘nice deal’ about crime,” Gallup stated. “One other 27% report they fear a “honest quantity,” which locations the difficulty close to the highest of the listing of 14 nationwide considerations – behind solely inflation and the economic system, and on par with starvation and homelessness.”

This stage of concern is the very best in a number of years.

“Gallup has tracked this measure since 2001 when a record-high 88% of U.S. adults stated they anxious about crime and violence, together with 62% who expressed an excessive amount of concern,” the group stated. “Fear about crime was lowest in 2014 when 70% had been anxious, together with 39% who stated they anxious an important deal.”

The ballot comes after a serious violent crime wave lately. Now retail theft goes unchecked in components of California the place viral movies have proven thieves stroll into shops and fill rubbish baggage with merchandise solely to stroll out unhindered.

San Francisco has change into a spotlight for this concern the place retail crime has change into so pervasive that Walgreens shut down 22 areas within the metropolis.

“Organized retail crime continues to be a problem going through retailers throughout San Francisco and we aren’t resistant to that,” Walgreens stated in a press release. “Retail theft throughout our San Francisco shops has continued to extend up to now few months to 5 instances our chain common. Throughout this time to assist fight this challenge, we elevated our investments in safety measures in shops throughout the town to 46 instances our chain common in an effort to supply as secure atmosphere.”

Different shops have reported related issues, largely as a consequence of a latest legislation in California that treats any thefts underneath $950 as a nonviolent misdemeanor. These crimes are infrequently prosecuted, and the boldness of thieves has continued to extend in California cities.

New York has additionally seen an increase in retail crime which comes on the heels of a spike in violent crime lately.

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The FBI reported a serious rise in homicides in 2020 alone. FBI knowledge just isn’t but out there for 2021, however these numbers are additionally anticipated to be elevated.

Based on the FBI, there have been roughly 21,500 murders reported in 2020, the very best quantity in a long time.

“In 2020, there have been an estimated 1,277,696 violent crimes,” the FBI stated. “Compared with the estimates from 2019, the estimated variety of theft offenses fell 9.3 p.c and the estimated quantity of rape (revised definition) offenses decreased 12.0 p.c. The estimated variety of aggravated assault offenses rose 12.1 p.c, and the amount of homicide and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses elevated 29.4 p.c.”

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