Skip to content
Apply
Stories

U.S. homicides and violent crime overall are down significantly, according to FBI data

People in this story

Police officers investigate at the crime scene after multiple people had been shot. On the evening of June 19, a shooting incident is reported by the California Highway Patrol and the Oakland Police Department. Following a supposed Juneteenth celebration, there is a heavy police presence in the Lake Merritt area. The Oakland Police Department investigate the scene and confirm that multiple people had been shot. (Photo by Michael Ho Wai Lee / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

The U.S. is experiencing a significant decline nationally in homicides, according to FBI data. Murder rates are also falling in many large cities, including Boston, which saw the largest drop of any major U.S. city in the first three months of 2024.  As of June 10, Boston police reported four homicides in the city this year, compared to 18 at the same time one year ago.

The descending numbers are not an aberration, says Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, who notes that U.S. murders have been on the decrease for three decades. And yet Americans are generally not aware of the trend, he says. “National Gun Violence Awareness Month [currently ongoing] is an appropriate time for the public to become aware of the improvement,” says Fox, who has been studying murder for four decades. “But the word isn’t getting out.” Homicides throughout the U.S. decreased by 26.4% overall in the first quarter of 2024, according to the FBI data, which was released on June 10. Violent crimes overall — including rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies — dropped by more than 15% in that span.

Continue reading at Northeastern Global News.

More Stories

President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is an example of a time when political violence occurred when the country was on the cusp of change.

Trump assassination attempt is another example of political violence happening when the nation is “on the cusp” of change, experts say

07.18.2024
Law enforcement at the campaign rally where the attempted assassination on Trump occurred.

Motive in Trump assassination attempt may never be discovered, Northeastern expert says

07.17.2024

Expert says “big chunk” of Project 2025 could become policy during second Trump presidency

07.19.24
All Stories