I’ve appended three recent stories, below, from around the country, all showing how crime rates are dropping at double-digit speeds, to the lowest levels in recorded history.
How come none of the three stories mentions that they are part of a wider, nationwide trend, nay, a worldwide trend?
If you’d like to maintain current programming levels, you can tell yourself it’s because “bad news sells”. Or that “if there were Some Big Conspiracy, someone would speak up, someone would say something.” Or go with Old Faithful, “it’s a coincidence.”
However I must say that I don’t personally think that putting one’s fingers in one’s ears and going “lalalalalala” is a very moral position.
And it’s not like this precipitous drop in crime and violence started just this month. I’ve been covering here in this thread for three full years, now well into four, and the media treatments of the subject are identical, across the nation, and around the globe, and have been identical down over time. Mention a local, plausible-deniablity excuse, wave arms, blow smoke, do whatever it takes to keep the readers eyes off the larger phenomenon.
I’d ask the reader to take note that the third story, from Boston, MA, puts the smallest decrease in the article in the headline: “District 4 Sees 5-Percent Drop in Violent and Property Crime in ‘17“, and “buries” three larger decreases down below in the article, including the largest: “robberies and attempted robberies were down around 18 percent.”
That’s careful, formulaic spin. That’s defensive hedging.
All of this is, of course, Very Bad News for the barely-closeted Death worshippers who’ve ruled us from the shadows all the way back to Babylon, and before.
Join me in reveling in their demise. And spread the word, won’t you?
June 16, 2017 – Florida – Pensacola sees dramatic drop in crime, report shows
According to a report released by the Pensacola Police Department, the City of Pensacola experienced a 10.2 percent decrease in the total crime rate in 2016.
“This is a new historic low for overall crime within city limits for more than 20 years,” said Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter.
The 10.2 percent reduction in the total crime rate was the result of a 7.6 percent reduction in the violent crime rate combined with a 10.6 percent reduction in the property crime rate last year.
This decrease is the result of an excellent partnership between police and the community and demonstrates the hard work and dedication of Pensacola Police officers,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward. “For the past seven years public safety has been my top priority, and I am extremely proud of our police department for this accomplishment.”
Lyter also attributed the decrease to economic vibrancy, development, and revitalization in the downtown areas as well as on the west side of Pensacola.
“All of these factors work together to reduce crime,” Lyter said. “Mayor Hayward’s push for economic development coupled with increased community outreach lends itself to lower crime rates.”
August 1, 2017 – Crime in New York City Schools Is at a Record Low, City Says
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that this past school year was the safest for New York City public schools since the Police Department began tracking schools data in 1998, a drop in crime that tracks that of the city overall.
“The 2016-2017 school year was the safest on record in the history of New York City,” Mr. de Blasio said at Middle School 88, the Peter Rouget school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where he was flanked by Carmen Fariña, the city schools chancellor, and James P. O’Neill, the police commissioner. “Everyone should be proud of that.”
The Police Department said that arrests fell 8 percent this past school year and summonses dropped by 11 percent. The number of major crimes reported, such as grand larceny and felony assault, also fell from 532 in the 2015-16 school year to 503 in the 2016-17 school year. The city has about 1,800 public schools.
Additionally, Mr. de Blasio said, just two city schools remained on the “persistently dangerous” list, a designation the federal government requires states to make. Just two years ago, there had been 27 city schools in that category. The designation is made using data from a state system called Violent and Disruptive Incident Reporting, or Vadir. Vadir data has not yet been released for the 2016-17 school year.
That did not keep one of the mayor’s consistent foes, the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools, from using Vadir data to push a different narrative about violence in the schools. That group said that according to the state data, violence in schools increased in recent years, even as the city data showed it dropping
August 10, 2017 – Boston, MA – District 4 Sees 5-Percent Drop in Violent and Property Crime in ‘17
District 4 has seen a 5-percent decrease in violent and property crime to date in 2017, compared to last year.
According to Boston Police, 2,156 Part One crimes were reported in the district, which includes the Back Bay, South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway, between Jan. 1 and Aug. 6 of this year, as opposed to 2,276 during the same timeframe in 2016.
The rate of homicides remained the same, with one incident each his year and last, while the number of rapes and attempted rapes saw a slight uptick as the number rose to 26 from 24 last year.
Robberies and attempted robberies were down around 18 percent, with 109 incidents this year, down from 133 in 2016.
Domestic aggravated assaults saw a nearly 14-percent decrease as the number fell to 32 from 37 last year.
Non-domestic aggravated assaults were also down almost 6 percent, dropping to 137 from 145 in 2016.