An interesting crime statistic:

The top ten cities in America for rates of murder per 100,000 are as follows:  (Per FBI stats)

  1. St. Louis, Mo.      –   59.8
  2. Baltimore, Md       –  57.8
  3. New Orleans, La.  –   41.7
  4. Newark, NJ  –   33.3
  5. Milwaukee, Wi.  –   24.2
  6. Wash. DC    –    24.1
  7. Chicago, Il.  –  23.8
  8. Kansas City, Mo.  –  23.0
  9. Cincinnati, Oh     –   22.1
  10. Memphis, Tn –   20.5

If you wanted to see the next 10 cities on the list, it would be:

  1. Oakland
  2. Atlanta
  3. Pittsburg
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Indianapolis
  6. Miami
  7. Cleveland
  8. Stockton
  9. Buffalo
  10. Houston

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):

  1. Anchorage  –  171.6
  2. Cleveland, Oh  –  124.0
  3. New Orleans, La  –  104.0
  4. Aurora, Co.  –  97.7
  5. 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?”

Why New York crime has plunged to record lows –

What Reduced Crime in New York City




  1. Jerry Rudoff October 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

    So your research begs the question… how do account for the fact that DeBlasio, NY’s liberal mayor has been in office for two terms (I believe) and is considered by many, especially the NYPD as an anti cop mayor and NY still remains low on the list? Or do they?

    • Pat Pesce October 25, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      Because New York has the greatest police department in the world, not because of Beblasio but despite of that idiot!

    • Marshall Frank October 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

      Jerry – Mayor Diblasio has been in office 4 3/4 years, in which he inherited the Giuiliani / Bloomberg model for fighting crime…and smartly continued similar policies. It was already fixed when he got there. Thanks. MF

  2. freewoman October 25, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

    “maybe we should be looking at elected officials at city levels and rate their successes and failures, as it pertains to violent crime.” Could not agree more.

    Would like to add that we ought also be looking at corruption on the part of elected officials such as the former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption

    As an independent voter resent the fact that I am compelled to vote for either a Democrat or a Republican, neither of which party I trust or believe in any more.

    We need other options.

  3. Ron Fischer October 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    One could come to the conclusion that Democrats have poor qualifications when it comes to management skills but excel in campaigning strategies.

    I have often wondered what kind of numbers would be produced if all politicians had to submit to drug testing and other vices.

  4. Tom Ault October 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    The more people in a definite area will most generally generate the most crime. If you put 100 pheasants in a pen designed for 100 chickens, they will pick each other to death in a short period of time.
    Over crowding causes many problems where is not control factore.

  5. clearstory October 26, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    Mr.Fischer wants drug testing and other vices for politicians. How starting with
    politcians showing their tax returns for a start. How about not voting for a governor who
    was CEO of a drug company that ripped off Medicare, and then took the 5th 75 times.
    If American’s were really interested in honest politicians Trump,and Scott would have never got elected. Republicans are all for law and order for everyone,but themselves.
    Currenty there are 2 Republican’s running for representatives of their states under indictment.

  6. Bob James October 26, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    In spite of the anti-cop attitude of Mayor De Blasio, NYPD policemen do a fine job in dealing with big city crime. Do you think it might be humanly possible that a policy of “benign under reporting” of crime in NYC by the De Blasio regime might account for the very-hard-to-believe reduction in crime statistics for NYC?

  7. Marvin October 28, 2018 at 5:03 am #

    The big cities have more of everything, Full Stop. Rape / domestic abuse is the most underreported crimes. Looking at Alabama, the word from the people was that the way things have been done by important men all the while. They don’t report it. They just pass the news word of mouth and the police are the important people who will simply not take the report. Where do you think all of these light-skinned, look white and only the “One Drop ” people come from? They are not Albinos. You really should understand and it has been brought to the light; these police departments do not report all crime. It will put them on the map. I have lived in these small communities and heard the stories from the backwoods.

  8. Jose October 28, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    It certainly seems that you are trying to make the point That Democrats are the problem. I think you must consider that the crime problem may be racial and not political. My guess is that the high crime cities are also those with a higher per capita rate of African Americans. This is also reflective in the racial mix of our prisons. Chicago crime is largely in the Southside and the racial mix is reflective of my point about the influence of race. Look at the racial mix o9f Washington, Baltimore, Oakland, etc. So, what is the real problem here?? Let’s stop being so politically correct and face the real crime problem is this country.

  9. Eileen October 28, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

    Interesting info. There is no doubt in my mind that some of the Democrat Party’s liberal policies are contributing negatively to our cities, as well as to our entire country..

    • Jose October 28, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

      Please tell me what liberal policies contribute to murder and rape. That notion is foolish!

  10. Ron Fischer October 28, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    We are no longer the melting pot of the world’s civilizations. We are fast becoming a nation of tribes and special interest groups that only ask what this country can do for them!

    We are not doing well when it comes to immigration, education or assimilation anymore.

  11. reality October 29, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    Have you forgotten the 2000+ murders in NYC on 9/11/2001? It was Mayor Guiliani’s decision to put the new NYC Emergency center on a high floor of the World Trade Center, after the first WTC bombing, when Ramzi Yousef himself had driven a truck into what he thought was the bottommost floor of one of the towers, calculating it would fall against the other and bring it down too. Luckily, there was one more floor lower.
    Guiliani’s new emergency center was wiped out and totally useless on 9/11/2001. It was also Mayor Guiliani’s decision NOT to buy new walkie-talkie systems for the Fire Dept. and Police Dept. so that they could communicate with one another, as they had not been able to do during he first attack on the WTC. And it was the FBI squad that “got Gotti” that followed carloads of “middle-eastern-looking” men out of NYC to a Long Island shooting range, before Giuliani was elected mayor, to be sure. But how did he not know about that, or see the photos that his very good friend Michael McCasey saw when judging a second trial of the man who shot Rabbi Kahane? That killer insisted there was a conspiracy of many men, and 17 boxes of incriminating materials had been found in his house. Guiliani didn’t see those? “Triple Cross”, by Peter Lance names names. Almost 3000 people killed horribly, with almost no investigation to speak of, and did anybody stop and frisk the Blind Sheik who brought Ramzi to the U.S?