An interesting crime statistic:
The top ten cities in America for rates of murder per 100,000 are as follows: (Per FBI stats)
- St. Louis, Mo. – 59.8
- Baltimore, Md – 57.8
- New Orleans, La. – 41.7
- Newark, NJ – 33.3
- Milwaukee, Wi. – 24.2
- Wash. DC – 24.1
- Chicago, Il. – 23.8
- Kansas City, Mo. – 23.0
- Cincinnati, Oh – 22.1
- Memphis, Tn – 20.5
If you wanted to see the next 10 cities on the list, it would be:
New York City with the highest population by far (8,537,673) is far down the list with only 3.4 killings per 100,000
While I was going through this research, I stumbled on another interesting crime stat pertaining to rape. Top five cities are as follows (per 100,000):
- Anchorage – 171.6
- Cleveland, Oh – 124.0
- New Orleans, La – 104.0
- Aurora, Co. – 97.7
- Columbus, Oh – 95.1
New York City? Way down the list at 14.0
My next focus, following these crime trends, was to research the local government make-up of cities with high rates of violent crime, particularly city councils and mayors, who have the most influence on policy and procedure pertaining to law enforcement. Nineteen of the top twenty cities (95%) with highest of murder/manslaughter rates, are led by Democrat Mayors. (The exception is Miami) And with few exceptions, the city councils under those mayors are dominated by Democrats as well.
So what does this tell us? What does it mean?
We certainly are not assuming that city halls are in cahoots with criminals, that’s absurd. But it does suggest that, perhaps, we should be taking a look at what’s being done right, versus what’s being done wrong. What is it about New York City, with an enormous population, has such a low rate of violent crime?
New York City registered 2262 murders in 1990. Those kinds of numbers have steadily dropped until 2017, when the numbers dropped to only 290. The per capita ratios are in line with cities in states like Wyoming and Montana. Why?
Part of the analysis can be traced to Stop and Frisk policies that allowed frisking by officers amid the streets to check for drugs and weapons. It worked over the years. In 2011, over 700,000 people, mostly men, and mostly men of color, were frisked. While the courts determined that it appeared to be racist in policy, the numbers speak for themselves. The courts agreed in 2014 that Stop and Frisk should be restricted, only 12,400 were frisked in 2014. But the impact still prevailed and far less people were murdered in 2017 than in 1990.
Another policy implemented by the Giuliani mayoral years, (Republican) was called Operation Broken Windows. This involved crackdowns on relatively minor offenses such as graffiti, turnstile jumping, and aggressive “squeegeemen,” on the principle that this would send a message that order would be maintained and that the city would be “cleaned up.” Giuliani and his Police Commissioner Bill Bratton also went on a campaign to monitor, arrest and convict prime figures in organized crime.
The end result is that New York City is not only the largest city in America, it is, comparatively, the safest. Which begs the question why aren’t the mayors of the top twenty cities like Chicago, Baltimore and St. Louis inquiring? We do not have to reinvent the wheel, we have answers and solutions to these problems but, for some unknown reason, no one dares to reach out and implement what works.
Some of my readers will assume that I am a biased Republican throwing out hate material about Democrats. Fact: I am registered as Independent and I don’t care what political party succeeds, so long as there is success. It would appear that Democrats running big cities are failing miserably, especially when there are solutions to explore. So, maybe we should be looking at elected officials at city levels and rate their successes and failures, as it pertains to violent crime.
Who said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?”