Crime rates are actually down!

Real Estate Agent with DeLex Realty

All I see on my facebook feed is "the world has gone to hell" 100 times per day. 

That has made me continue a few happy posts, like this one which is the truth about where we are as a Nation. While it is hard to believe from watching the 24 hour cycle of news and reading everything on the Internet, crime rates are actually at their lowest since 1963. 


I may not seem this way but it is actually safer to be a kid today. I personally believe it is because of technology, although you have nothing to back it up. When I was a kid, if you were kidnapped and your friends saw it, they had to find a house where someone was home, dial the operator on a rotary phone and ask for the police. Literally hours could pass before anyone did anything. Today, it is likely one of the kids will have a cell phone, take a picture of the car and the kidnapper, call the police and have it posted for millions to see on social media inside 1 minute. The statistics back me up, physical assault on kids ages 2-17 is down 33% in the past 10 years. Rape and attempted rates of kids in the same group are down 43%. 


All crimes have dropped off as well. Homicide is down 40%, forcible rape is down 28%, violent crime is down 48% and last year the entire crime rate in the US was down another 4.4% compared to 2016. 


IF you have read my other recent articles, I am re-reading the compound effect by Darren Hardy. He talks about the fact that if you constantly hear bad statistics, they compound and you believe them. The fact is the world is a much better place it is just ugly news sells better than good news. If you think about today since we were kids, the biggest change is to advertising. Advertising has never been tougher, today rather than 3 Video TV News outlets, there are literally hundreds dedicated to video news. They all have to find a story more horrific than the other to make you tune in. I have recently made the choice to limit my "news" intake and I must say, I am a lot happier for it. 

Posted by

James (Jim) Lord


Comments (6)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Very interesting Jim. In Chicago we only hear the bad news.Enjoy your day!

Oct 05, 2017 04:00 PM
Jim Lord

I heard a 9 year old say that there was no hope in the world. I was a criminal justice major in college and know things are better than we are told so I thought rather than post the regular nonsense on Facebook, I would start posting facts and statistics that are happy. Enjoy your day!


Oct 05, 2017 09:58 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

There is so much static in the news today it's easy to forget how much crime there was during the crack epidemic in the 80's.

Oct 05, 2017 04:41 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Yes! Your mindset will reflect what you surround yourself with. It is good to know that the crime rates overall are down, that is the kind of news I like to hear!

Oct 05, 2017 05:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jim- I'm going to look into that book by Darren Hardy. I do feel that with news outlets on 24 hours a day, they have to find something to fill the time. And because ratings are so important, an emphasis is placed on looks and how quickly they can get information out whether or not it's true. And, they serve up what they want or what they think we want by giving us the blood and guts and not the feel-good stories. 

Oct 05, 2017 05:26 PM
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

Jim Lord Thanks for bringing to light the improved data on crime.  I would not have realized.  I followed your dialogue to running in the house to dial on your rotary phone.  Of course, that is if your party line was free to use.

Oct 10, 2017 03:39 AM
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great post, Jim.  Perspective is everything.  As a society we tend to focus more on the bad than the good and that is because that is what we are bombarded with.  I choose to focus on the good. 

Oct 10, 2017 05:36 AM