Monday, December 19, 2011

FBI Reports That Major Crimes Decline Sharply During First Six Months of 2011

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports murders, rapes and other violent crimes declined sharply in the first six months of 2011, a 6.4% reduction compared to the same time frame in 2010. This is a continuation of a trend over the past 4.5 years.

Additionally, this represents a 5.7% drop in homicides, a 5.1% decrease in rapes, a decline in armed robberies 7.7% and a drop in aggravated assaults by 5.9%. Property crimes such as property crimes such as burglary, larceny, theft and motor vehicle theft, also dropped in the first half of the year, with burglaries down 2.2%, larceny and theft down 4.0% and stolen vehicles down by 5.0%.

COMMENT: Although the FBI is not required to draw conclusions as to an explanation of why crime levels increase or decline, one explanation for these dramatic declines in crime may well be the dramatic increase in the number of citizens who now carry concealed firearms in the 49 of the 50 states that authorize concealed or open-carry.

As a certified National Rifle Association (NRA) pistol instructor, and from my own personal experience, the unprecedented number of firearms sales of citizens and their becoming licensed to carry a concealed weapon no doubt is one reason for the decline in many serious crimes. That is, increasingly, criminals are encountering citizens who are licensed and trained in the use of handguns far better than they are.

Other explanations also include the prompt response time to crime scenes; one of the highest clearance rates in the world; the high conviction rate of crime based on forensic evidence; and the high reliance on technology to solve crimes.

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