Despite a summer filled with horrific crimes, including a mass shooting at a movie theatre in Colorado and Chicago’s summer of gang violence, America is actually significantly safer than it was 10 years ago.
These graphs, released as part of a study on policing trends from UC Berkeley researchers, map out both violent and property crime rates.
Both types of crime peaked in the 1990s, and despite a slight bump in the mid-2000s, crime has been steadily declining ever since.
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