Crime Is Getting Worse: Violent Crime In America Increased By 15% Last Year

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

If your neighborhood is not as safe as it used to be, then you have something in common with the rest of the country.  All over America, crime is on the rise.  According to a government survey that was just released, violent crime in the United States increased by 15 percent last year, and property crime was up by 12 percent.  If violent crime keeps increasing at this rate, it will approximately double in just six years.  But as I wrote about the other day, when the next major economic downturn strikes it will probably greatly accelerate the growth of the crime rate in this country.  Desperate people do desperate things, and as you will read about below, there are people out there that are already stealing entire truckloads of food. 

In the future, when people are extremely hungry or crazy for their next drug hit, they won't think twice about invading your home or pulling you out of your vehicle.  The rise in crime that we are witnessing right now is just the beginning.  It is going to get a lot worse than this.

Whenever I do this type of an article, inevitably someone leaves a comment insisting that I am lying because crime rates are going down.

Well, that used to be true.  It is no longer accurate.

As an ABC News article that was just released explains, the crime victimization survey shows that violent crime in America has now increased for two years in a row...

The violent crime rate went up 15 percent last year, and the property crime rate rose 12 percent, the government said Thursday, signs that the nation may be seeing the last of the substantial declines in crime of the past two decades.


Last year marked the second year in a row for increases in the crime victimization survey, a report that is based on household interviews.

This is one of the primary reasons why so many people are moving out of the big cities right now.  In the city of Chicago, police are so overwhelmed with crime that they will no longer respond in person "to 911 calls reporting vehicle theft, garage burglary or simple assault".

Things have gotten so bad in Chicago that a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she was walking to a bus stop this week and it barely made a blip on the news.

But we have come to expect this kind of thing in crime-infested cities such as Chicago.  We don't expect it to happen in "quiet communities" such as Augusta, Georgia...

"When we first moved out here three and a half years ago, my wife and I, it was a quiet community, it was a deal that we felt we couldn't pass up on," Don McIntee says.


McIntee lives in the Butler Creek Mobile Home Community, but he's trying to change that. He recently put his home up for sale because he says the crime in his neighborhood is too much to deal with.


"I want to live in a place that I feel is secure and safe for my wife because I'm out of town a lot," he says.

And it seems like criminals are becoming more brutal than ever.  For example, one thug actually put his gun into the mouth of a 92-year-old World War II veteran in Fresno, California and threatened to kill him during one recent home invasion...

"I was sound asleep at about one or two o'clock in the morning, all the lights were on and a guy shook me with a gun in my face. (I said) Hey what's going on? (He said) Shut up and he slapped me," he explained.


While the suspect held him at gunpoint, three others ransacked his house, taking about 200 dollars in cash and jewelry including his 1941 class ring from Woodlake High School in Tulare County.


"They were in there for almost a half hour," said Fresno County Sheriff Department spokesperson Chris Curtice. "So they had plenty of time to search the house, it was the middle of the night."


At one point, Joseph said one of the suspects put a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill him. While being ordered into the bedroom closet, he said he hit him in the head with a handgun, causing him to fall to the floor.

Was there any need for that?  That 92-year-old man was certainly no threat to the four home invaders.

But this is what is happening all over the nation now.  Criminals appear to be getting crazier and crazier.

In Houston recently, one team of home invaders decided to storm a house at 8 AM in the morning while people all along the street were leaving their homes to go to work and to school...

It was about 8am -- daylight, with people going to work and kids going to school, yet no one apparently saw this coming. The homeowner told me four men, armed with guns, broke in through her garage and forced their way inside her house.


The woman's daughter and son-in-law were in the home with her, along with two of their daughters, ages four and six. The homeowner says the gunmen pointed guns at all of them -- even the children -- and demanded money over and over. They ransacked the house and the cars- and eventually got away with some cash, at least one cell phone and the homeowner's wallet.

Who robs a house at 8 AM in the morning?

That is either incredibly bold or incredibly stupid.

In my article yesterday, I included another example of a crime which is either incredibly bold or incredibly stupid.  One very enterprising carjacker actually decided to try to carjack the police chief of Detroit while he was sitting in a clearly marked police vehicle...

Just four months on the job, Detroit’s new police chief got an early taste of the city’s hardscrabble streets.


While in his patrol car at an intersection on Jefferson two weeks ago, Police Chief James Craig was nearly carjacked, police spokeswoman Kelly Miner confirmed today.


Craig said he was in a marked police car with mounted lights when a man quickly tried to approach the side of his car. Craig, who became police chief in June, retold the story Monday during a program designed to crack down on carjackings.

So what is going on here?

Are criminals becoming bolder or are they just becoming stupider?

I don't have an answer for that question, but one thing seems certain - crime is definitely getting worse.

As I mentioned at the top of this article, some criminals are now actually stealing entire truckloads of food.  A recent CBS News article explained how they are doing this...

To steal huge shipments of valuable cargo, thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it.


It’s an increasingly common form of commercial identity theft that has allowed con men to make off each year with millions of dollars in merchandise, often food and beverages. And experts say the practice is growing so rapidly that it will soon become the most common way to steal freight.

And what we are talking about is not just a few isolated incidents.  This is literally happening from coast to coast and the dollar values of some of these thefts are staggering...

News reports from across the country recount just a few of the thefts: 80,000 pounds of walnuts worth $300,000 in California, $200,000 of Muenster cheese in Wisconsin, rib-eye steaks valued at $82,000 in Texas, $25,000 pounds of king crab worth $400,000 in California.

As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, I actually expect that we will start seeing armed guards on food trucks in a few years.

Desperate people do desperate things, and as food prices continue to rise I believe that food trucks will become highly prized targets.

America is rapidly changing, and not for the better.

So what are things like in your area of the country?

Are you noticing an increase in crime?

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James_Cole's picture

Just don't look at this:

Or top most violent cities in the us (almost as if there's a trend):


10.Inkster, MI

9. Newburgh, NY

8. St. Louis, MO

7. Atlantic City, NJ

6. Detroit, MI

5. Saginaw, MI

4. West Memphis, AR

3. Flint, MI

2. Camden, NJ

1. East St. Louis, IL



XenoFrog's picture

People who commit crimes are making Democratic leadership (City/State/Federal) look bad, therefore it's a hate crime. Tack 20+ years onto every prison sentence.

MisterMousePotato's picture

No description of the suspects was available.

DaveyJones's picture

been in the crime business 23 years. The court system and prosecutors are definitely overloaded. So is the pubic defender system. Most crime comes from the youth and the youth have less and less jobs. THe system is feeding itself and starving itself. THe police and prosecutors are defintely avoiding the property crimes. Ironically, I am seeing better deals being handed out not in the misdemeanor system but in the felony charges where the state is trying to save months or years of expensive jail and prison time. None of this helps the reality on the street. Add to that the disfunctional soldier returning from record breaking tours only to add to these system and have the federal "crimes" pass their costs to the states   

MisterMousePotato's picture

Yes. You're right. All those crimes in the article above were, I am sure now that you mention it, committed by dysfunctional soldiers. Probably members of the Tea Party, too. Bastards.

tarsubil's picture

Putting soldiers on a pedestal is not recommended. Many of the people sent over seas are third strikers to begin with.

DaveyJones's picture

you seem to have missed my point completely 

MisterMousePotato's picture

Well, not completely, but I may have placed undue emphasis on one part of it, which I find a rather tiring canard du jour.

Urban Redneck's picture

The destruction of the core elements of the Social Contract is undertaken at Society's own peril. Race and economic disparity merely distract from this larger problem. Take away the multiple races and the rich v. poor bullshit, when people get fed up with crime, and the "justice" system fails to punish the transgressors of societal norms, society WILL take the "law" into its own hands (right or wrong). The end result doesn't look any different than the videos below in the instances where the mob gets it right, and if the US doesn't get its act together, a derivation of this WILL find its way back to American shores.

Last month's Badagry lynching

Last year's Port Harcout lynching

The justice system can make any excuse it wants for its non-performance, Society won't care.

Sparkey's picture

Perhaps they didn't do `This`but surely no one can deny, `They Might have` that is all the justification a Mob needs. (Mobs have `Looser?) standards than courts, in this case, if they might have, they now no longer have, case closed!

The Burning Planet's picture

Dude. Work on your writing skills.

SWRichmond's picture

The destruction of the core elements of the Social Contract is undertaken at Society's own peril.


I give up a lot to live in a "society" and by its "rules".  This "society" now has "rules" which concentrate more on taking from me and enforcing that, than they concentrate on protecting me from force and fraud.  These "rules" are now the source of most of the force and fraud in my life.  I am really fucking close to taking it all back.

ejmoosa's picture

" I am seeing better deals being handed out not in the misdemeanor system but in the felony charges where the state is trying to save months or years of expensive jail and prison time."


Just imagine what they will be doing when it's time to cut medical costs....

akak's picture


Or top most violent cities in the us (almost as if there's a trend):


10.Inkster, MI

6. Detroit, MI

5. Saginaw, MI

3. Flint, MI


Damn, southeast Michigan is such a Hellhole!  Just a sucking, swirling eddy of rot, poverty, crime and the shadows of lost prosperity and pride.

If there is a capitol of mindless drudgery, soul-sucking conformity, social and economic decay, dreary hopelessness and outright depravity, it lies somewhere along the axis between Flint and Detroit.  Let's say in Pontiac, as good (or more accurately, as bad) a representative place as anywhere there.

Hell, SE Michigan was a crappile 20 years ago when I left there (much belatedly).  I can't even imagine how much worse it has gotten since.

jekyll island's picture

I'm with you Akak. I left in '97, couldn't get out fast enough. Very high suicide rate there too. Makes perfect sense that Kervorkian lived there. I guess he really was putting people out of their misery.

akak's picture

Jekyll, congratulations on your escape!

Looking back, I don't know how I lasted as long there as I did.  In fact, I very nearly did NOT last at all, being driven almost to the point of suicide by the emptyness, shallowness and bleakness of life in SE Michigan.  I have been forced to return several times to visit relatives, but my last visit I vowed would be my last, period --- it  is simply too depressing.

jekyll island's picture

Thanks, I completely understand your feelings as a fellow refugee. I was run off the road three times by drivers venting their rage. It truly is the armpit of the nation.

vulcanraven's picture

True story:

Went to Detroit for a punk show this year. Rented a car, got drunk as shit at the show and ended up passing out in the car. Parked on Woodward in downtown, woke up the next morning... nothing happened.

Am I crazy? Perhaps. Was it a stupid idea? Definitely. Booze makes the worst ideas sound amazing.

LetThemEatRand's picture

No one fucks with Heisenberg, dude.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Yes. Renting a car is a stupid idea.

Alpo for Granny's picture

vulcanraven forgot to mention he had a bag of mercury fulminate as his pillow...

Freddie's picture

I went to MI about 4 years ago and went to Grand Rapids in W MI.  I liked it. The people were great but W MI is not like SE MI.  It is like another planet.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I grew up in Midland, Michigan, a stone's throw from Saginaw.  A bit different there because it is the home of the Dow Chemical Company, world oligarch and maker of shit that kills people.   I went to high school in the 1980's and it was sweater button down collar preppy madness.

The common thread of the most violent places is poverty.  It's interesting because poor blacks knew a long time ago about NWO, police injustice, two systems of justice for the haves and have-nots, etc.  They don't hate us for our freedoms.

Georgiabelle's picture

If poverty was the root cause of crime then Appalachia would have among the highest crime rates in the country. But it doesn't. Now why is that? Could it be that it's more about demographics than about poverty?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Are you serious?  Meth capital of the country.  But the cops by and large leave them alone.

Georgiabelle's picture

We are talking about the alleged correlation between poverty and violent crime, not drug addiction:

"The 10 U.S. counties with the lowest annual median household incomes are:

1. Owsley County, Ky. – $21,177

2. Zavala County, Texas – $21,843

3. Clay County, Ky. – $22,255

4. Knox County, Ky. -$22,493

5. Wilcox County, Ala. – $22,611

6. Quitman County, Miss. – $22,625

7. Sumter County, Ala. – $22,857

8. McCreary County, Ky. – $23,163 "


‘Yet, The violent crime rate for Appalachia in 2010 was lower than the national violent crime rate average by 56.76%."


LetThemEatRand's picture

You do realize that these places have low population density.  Have you been to any of these places?  In Detroit, there is great wealth among the poverty.  There is still great auto wealth in pockets.  In Saginaw, you drive 15 minutes and see country clubs and Range Rovers.   It is the disparity that breeds the crime.  Poor people occasionally steal from each other.  They more frequently steal from ...

Georgiabelle's picture

This article is about the 15% increase in violent crime, not about poor people stealing stuff. Violent crime as in shootings, stabbings, home invasions,beat-downs and rape. And there is one particular demographic, present in large concentrations in all the cities cited in the post at 20:26 as having the highest crime rates in the US, that is responsible for a disproportionate amount of that violent crime. You are either an apologist (AKA a progressive) or willfully blind. Even Thomas Sowell has acknowledged the truth that we are afraid to say out loud:

James_Cole's picture

You tools need to get over your stupid racist nonsense. 

Go to a predominantly white country (i.e. Russia) and gasp! There's lots of violent crime! Committed by white people!! Ahhhhh! But how is this possible?? 

Miiddle class folks don't tend to engage much in violent crime doesn't matter if they're black, white or whatever - this is a worldwide trend.  

scrappy's picture

An injust socioeconomic system is the cause of most social ills.

It must be addressed first.

How do we divide the fruits of our labor?


Earn what you want, work as much as you wish.

Succeed and fail, but we should all be able to "live."

Food, Shelter, the basics at least.

In the geoeconomic system, it is up to you.

Be free!



Bendromeda Strain's picture

Dude, word. If you go to Plimoth Plantation you will get hit with a cluebat administered by the bluest of blue state actors. They tell the story (dressed for and affecting the period) of how socialism almost starved the fledgling colony to death. Everyone was bringing their harvest and labors to a common wealth store to be distributed as needed in a (Marxian) experiment conducted as mandatory Christian charity. The accumulated totals fell steadily until there was scarcity to the fear of death. The charter was abruptly remanded and everyone was allowed to keep the abundance of their own labor, and only then did the colony flourish. True charity still maintained the orphans, widows and lame.

scrappy's picture

The Wampanoag are my brothers, for real.


Boiling Frogs's picture

Now if there was a country somewhere in the world with a large middle class of predominantly black folks to test your theory.

Georgiabelle's picture

Nice try Rand, but crime rates are expressed as a percentage per capita, which by definition accounts for population density.

RafterManFMJ's picture

It is the disparity that breeds the crime.

Wow. Just WOW.

Hey I know, perhaps we develop some kind of program that gives negroes money, and easier admissions to college, and jobs they are in fact unqualified to perform?

It's never been done, but I'm thinking a massive transfer of say, several trillion dollars, and maybe 3 generations of affirmative action should be enough.

Who's with me on this?

thatthingcanfly's picture

We could also give blacks positions of leadership in our government institutions so they're better represented. That would definitely help.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Hey. One more improvement. Since boys will be boys, we'll create a criminal justice system where blacks are given at birth five get out of jail free cards, too. That way, they won't have to suffer any long-term consequences from 'youthful indescretions'. (Central Park jogger, anyone? Channon Christian? Topeka Massacre?)

James_Cole's picture

The 10 U.S. counties with the lowest annual median household incomes are

Lowest median income / poverty is skewed highly relative to cost of living. 

'Conservatives' love to peddle this undisputedly wrong analysis that poverty and crime are unrelated, here in the WSJ for ex::


If poverty is the root cause of lawlessness, why did crime rates fall when joblessness increased?

Yet almost like magic, during the year that article was written, crime rates started reversing and have suddenly and 'unexpectedly' creeped up. 

Americans need to spend 10 seconds looking outside their country once in a while to examine issues they face back home, the link between poverty and crime being an obvious one. 

Spend some time in Mexico and see if you notice a trend between violent crime and income bracket. 


Dingleberry's picture

And you liberals always want to blame something or someone else as an excuse to steal, rob and rape..

Fuck off.

Mexico is corrupt because it is inherent in their culture. Even the rich are corrupt there.  Maybe visit Italy & Spain. Or basically anywhere south of the border. No difference there either. They are poor because they are largely corrupt. Not the other way around.




James_Cole's picture

And you liberals always want to blame something or someone else as an excuse to steal, rob and rape..

How ironic, you've stumbled upon the US foreign policy on latin america!

Mexico is corrupt because it is inherent in their culture. Even the rich are corrupt there.



Dingleberry's picture

of course....those gringos are to blame for the endemic and systemic corruption.

No doubt the indiginous ones are pristine and white as snow.

Have you ever studied cultural anthropology? Maybe you should. And perhaps learn something.


Kobe Beef's picture

Study physical or forensic anthropology instead. Or population biology. These are hard sciences, they deal in measurements, distributions, and genetic markers.

Cultural Anthro got taken over by Boasites and egalitarians a long time ago, and consists of "narratives", ie Cultural Marxism. You won't learn anything there other than The Evil White Patriarchy is the cause of everything Evil, because it's Evil.

tvdog's picture

Actually, the U.S. is to blame for systemic corruption in Latin America. Every time people down there elect a reformer, the CIA has him killed. Got to make the country safe for United Fruit.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yes - the way they administered cancer to the reformer Chavez is the most chilling.

Georgiabelle's picture

OK, James. Here is your chart from 20:36 with the AA population added: 

10.Inkster, MI----------------------73.2%

9. Newburgh, NY-----------------32.96%

8. St. Louis, MO-------------------49.2%

7. Atlantic City, NJ----------------38.29%

6. Detroit, MI------------------------82.7%

5. Saginaw, MI---------------------46.1%

4. West Memphis, AR------------55.93%

3. Flint, MI---------------------------56.6%

2. Camden, NJ--------------------48.07%

1. East St. Louis, IL--------------97.74%


Sorry, but I live in the real world (AKA outskirts of majority minority city).


James_Cole's picture

Consider another way to look at this. In Louisiana right before hurricane katrina most of the middle class white folks left, who got left behind? Mostly a lot of poor black people.

After the hurricane there was a major spike in crime, you might say this is clearly because of the high concentration of African Americans. But I'd say it probably had more to do with the devastation and institutional breakdown left by the Hurricane. 

If you look at each of those cities they mostly have something in common, not a literal hurricane but definitely an economic one. And just like in la the middle class white folks got out and the poor folks got left behind to deal with the mess. 

Element's picture



"In Louisiana right before hurricane katrina most of the middle class white folks left, who got left behind?"

Only whitey can drive a car or own a car, rent a car, catch a bus, get on a train, or fly out. Whitey is to blame, BAD whitey!

DanDaley's picture

Take a look at the incompetent Democrat (but I repeat myself) mayor, Ray Nagan, who left his people behind and did nothing to get them out when he could have. Hideous individual.