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Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others in reducing violent crime? Is it a result of certain policing strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and social services, or other less obvious factors? Has there been a change in the crime rate in your community?

Introduction

Crime rates in the United States have dropped significantly in the last two decades, especially in many urban areas where they are often the highest. Violent crime rates, in particular, have gone way down in many large cities around the country.

Take New York City, for instance, which in the last two decades has experienced one of the largest drops in violent crime of any major city in the country. The overall crime rate, including non-violent property crimes, has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his chief of police partly credited this steady decrease in recent years to the widespread deployment of a controversial policing program known as “stop-and-frisk,” in which police officers each year questioned hundreds of thousands of pedestrians they perceived to be acting suspiciously, and then often frisked them for weapons and other contraband. The controversial policy was recently declared unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it indirectly encouraged racial profiling and violated the civil liberties of suspects.

Ask a room full of criminologists why this significant drop in crime has happened, and you’ll get a room full of contrasting answers. From policing techniques to community strategies to demographics, the theories abound. It’s an issue of particular concern for cities that continue to struggle with stubbornly high crime rates despite national trends pointing the opposite direction.

Resource

NPR radio segment Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013
Cities across the country saw sharp drops in violent crime rates in 2013. For some big cities, murder rates reached historic lows. The numbers reflect a decades-long decline, which shows that plenty of neighborhoods in urban areas are safe while some remain troubled by violent crime.


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More Resources

CBS News video Violent Crime Down Nationwide
According to a new report from the FBI, the number of violent crimes in the U.S. has dropped despite tough economic times. CBS News justice and Homeland Security correspondent Bob Orr explains the statistics.

PBS NewsHour blog post Survey Finds Violent Crime Increase for Second Year 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.

KPCC Radio blog post 5 Explanations for the Great Crime Decline in L.A. and the U.S.
Crime in Los Angeles County is at record lows – but the gains are uneven and there are many theories as to the reasons. “This crime drop is not experienced equally by everyone,” said UC-Irvine Criminologist Charis Kubrin, who says crime is better examined on a neighborhood level.

New York Times interactive How Crime Declined in New York City and the U.S.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the city’s next police commissioner will be William J. Bratton, who will hold the job for the second time, succeeding Raymond W. Kelly. During his first term in the 1990s, Mr. Bratton managed to garner considerable acclaim for the drop in crime, even as crime was falling in many other big cities as well.


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  • chance

    @KQEDEdspace I thought violence has increase dramatically in Findlay. #DoNowCrime #davisss

  • Jessi

    @KQEDEdspace I think that cities that have higher consequences to areas that are known to have more violence have less violence that occurs there. I also think that a place with more money like a suburban “rich” neighborhood have less violence compared to areas that have a lower standard of living. I don’t see very much violence in my neighborhood but I do see that there is more in larger cities/ big neighboring cities. #DoNowCrime

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point jessi. You don’t really see “rich” neighborhoods with that much violence as compared to the lower standards of living. If you live in a area with a lot of crime you are going to have crime regardless. The big cities and big neighboring cites will share that crime. Yes, it is going down but in those big cities don’t expect a big change.

  • Teacher

    #cossey459Maybe in SF but not in Oakland. It seems as violent as ever

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    Survival. Survival is hard when you face difficulty everyday. Whether it’s medical condition, emotional state, or maybe economic position. We all face our difficulties. In a community such as mine, crime is not as “abundant”. In fact, in the past 3 years, crime has been on a steady decline. It is very difficult to really pinpoint what has been correlating with this, but one can only guess that it has to do with a major reason for crime: economy.

    Detroit is a major city with one of the highest crime rates of murder, theft, and intrusion. How is their economy doing? They’re bankrupt. People steal and murder due to two major reasons: money and psychology.

    Why do people steal? Probably because they can’t afford it.

    Why do people murder? Probably because they are mentally troubled.

    Urban violence does rely on economic state. If everyone could afford everything they’ve ever wanted, who would steal?

  • Samantha_M

    I think that major crime is decreasing everywhere. Some people seem to believe that it is because humans are becoming more civilized. Could it possibly have something to do with the new technology that we have now days? Finding out who’s behind what crimes is a lot easier than it use to be. Criminals would have to know that they would most likely get caught. http://www.insidescience.org/content/mystery-new-yorks-falling-crime-rate-remains-unsolved/937

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree with you completely, violence is obviously decreasing. There are many tactics the law enforcement is using not only to find criminals, but to stop the crime in the first place, such as targeting repeat offenders, using community-watch programs, engaging at-risk youth with programs such as boy and girls club of america. There is also usage of technology, such as street cameras and amber alerts. Police in the U.S. are also engaging in a new way of policing, by using maps and implementing resources accordingly.

  • Oryonah Ross

    Violent crime in Detroit,MI has been climbing its way up in the the last year. There was 386 murders in Detroit, which was an average of 11% up from 2011. This increase has been heartache on those around them. Some of the equipment they use for delivering pizzas is faster than the equipment they use for police cars due to the cut backs. The problem with this is that they value their pizza more than they value their people.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2013/10/22/detroit-again-tops-list-of-most-dangerous-cities-but-crime-rate-dips/

  • gehresj

    Although the crime rate has dropped nation-wide in the last two decades it seems an increase in violent crimes is on the rise, according to more recent statistics. There are two cities in my own state that are currently in the top three cities in the country for violent crime per capita. The one closest to me personally, Saginaw, has seen an increase in homicides since 2011 so it seems violent crime in my community is, in fact, increasing. http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2013/09/saginaw_again_ranks_third_in_v.html

  • t’ohno’pain

    In my home town crime is not as much of a issue as many other major city’s, like for instance a nearby city named flint MI. Here it is ranked 2nd most dangerous city in america when it comes to crime. Your chances of being a victim of a violent attack are 1 in 36. but in my town of Petoskey those numbers are not that drastic. here we do not need to be frisked to be sure that we are not carrying weapons on us at all times. But i think that crime here hasnt gone down, but it has not raised at all.
    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/flint/crime/

  • Bryan

    Violent crime isn’t a real big problem in my community, so let’s talk about Flint. First thing: i am not from, nor have i ever been to, Flint. But this is the internet so i have free reign to talk about things i have nothing to do with. http://www.policymic.com/articles/77225/this-is-one-of-america-s-most-violent-cities-and-it-deserves-more-attention Flint is getting worse and nobody seems to care. Probably because it is dwarfed by Detroit, but it is still very bad and getting worse by the day. The economy has caused this huge problem, and it could fix it but it would take much longer to fix than it took for this to happen. The people are willing but the economy is not.

  • Katie Wilson

    “The city violent crime rate for Tampa in 2010 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 54.56%” -City Rating. In 2010, violent crime rates soared in Tampa. Since then, violent crime has decreased, with a decrease in number of homicides, murders, robberies and assault. Crime is slowly decreasing in Tampa, and there are nicer areas than others. In Tampa, there are approximately 27.4 enforcement officers per 10k people. Hopefully violent crime continues to decrease :( http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/crime-continues-to-drop-in-tampa-and-in-hillsborough-county/1218629

  • rocky_seeley

    I think that a place like a suburb has less violence compared to rural areas. In the little town that i live in there is a few things that happen like murders but nothing too significant. Where as in Detroit there has been many murders, inmates escaping from a courthouse, and people being abducted. This article says that the overall crime rate, including non-violent property crimes, has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995, but not shown much to the people in Detroit. http://www.freep.com/article/20131231/NEWS06/312310028/Michigan-top-crime-2013

  • Chase L

    In Petoskey, located in Northern Michigan, there is very few to any violent crimes in the area. most crimes are petty burglaries and thefts ranging from 17 burglaries and 86 thefts in 2011. This is a dramatic decrease from 2002 which was 37 burglaries and 177 thefts. crime has decreased due to increases in technology and law enforcement tactics.
    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Petoskey-Michigan.html

  • Forrestofthetrees420

    It seems fair to think that crime all over the country in urban areas is going down. I believe that it is just the modernization and sophistication of technology, education, and housing. More people can buy houses to house their families for very cheap, and that makes poor families a little more financial sound. Which means, if we can continue to help people get out of poverty and get into nice homes and put their kids into schools, that would probably lower the crime rates way down. Happy people, the less they want to kill each other, or steal, or anything of that sort.
    http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2014/01/gov_rick_snyder_saginaws_viole.html

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree if that if we help people we can get them out of bad areas. I also agree that the rate is decreasing, according to http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/justice/us-violent-crime/ . The think I don’t agree with is because it is becoming more modern. I think that because this world is becoming so full of technology that we value money a lot more and the prices on technology are raising. According to http://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/oct/13/house-prices-strongest-rise-since-2007 house prices have gone up since 2007. I think that if we didn’t treat technology as such a value money would decrease.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Forrestofthetrees420,
      I agree with you that if we help out with the people who are living in those bad areas, then the crime rate will go down. Sadly some people who are living in those bad areas aren’t doing anything to make crime decrease. So I made a meme about it.

      • Forrestofthetrees420

        Dang, that’s rough… haha

  • Asia_32

    I think that a place like a suburb have less violence compared to high rural areas. I don’t see very much violence in my town but i do see more in larger cities. in my town i do see some crime but nothing significant. http://spotcrime.com/mi/petoskey
    Detroit had the highest violent crime rate in the nation in 2010.FBI reports for 2012 show that Detroit had the second highest violent crime rate among medium-to-large sized cities in the nation.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I also think that in suburbs the crime rates are lower, and I think thats due to the fact that there are less people. The crime rate in New York is easily more than other places, and I think that’s because of the amount of people living there.

  • sunytasha

    Crime is decreasing for many reasons, one of which is this.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/01/03/detroit-police-chief-want-crime-to-drop-start-carrying/

    If people know that more people carry weapons with them, they will think twice before they decide to harm somebody. I know if I were on a revenge spree and I knew my apposers were armed, I wouldn’t want to take the chance as much anymore. What’s the point in revenge if your dead.

  • Austin Redes

    in petokskey michigan, crime has decreased over the years.

    http://www.usa.com/petoskey-mi-crime-and-crime-rate.htm

  • Beezer Kitty

    In Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to over 200,000 people, it was found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). So no, crime is not decreasing everywhere, as previously stated. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nc/fayetteville/crime/#description

  • Luke patton

    Overall, I would say that the crime in my home town: Coppell,Tx is not going down but more like going up. But then again I could be wrong. Based on these graphs it just all predictions that it will be higher. When you look around coppell every day you don’t see any crime being committed. But the fact that you don’t see a crime being committed on the streets everyday should tell you that there is little to no crime in coppell. So overall I would say that our community is pretty safe and the crime rate is very low.

  • Josh Knight

    The crime rate in Petoskey is down. For every 110 residents there is 1 sex offender, the crime rate is really low in petoskey.

  • Kenny Moran

    if you look at Texas they have the lowest crime rate. why is that? its because of the open carry law. being able to have a pistel on there side for protection. if you think about it why would somebody jump another person will there are packing heat.

  • BDELPHIN

    in petoskey Michigan we honestly have no crime maybe some kids smoking pot behind roast and toast but we really don’t have much every now and then we have someone get murdered every other year like for example when i was a kid a lady down the street from me shot her husband in the face with a shot gun. but here in petoskey we really don’t have violent crime. we don’t have any gangs or terrorist activity. so my view on do we have violent crime? yes and no people get murdered every blue moon. http://www.petoskeynews.com/featured-pnr/levering-man-could-get-life-sentence-for-alleged-role-in/article_a5110624-8cee-11e3-81a0-001a4bcf6878.html

  • Kenny Moran

    crime rate in Texas is the lowest in the states. why is that? its because of the open carry law, being able to have a pistol on your side at all times and it being totally legal.
    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/crime/

  • Annabelle

    According to a new report from the FBI, the number of violent crimes in the U.S. has dropped despite tough economic times, this is a quote from the CBS news. Around my town and others i believe that crime has gone down because of one simple reason, open and concealed carry.

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/08/robert-farago/the-hidden-benefit-of-open-carry/

    This article says that even though most people may not be able to protect themselves with a gun due to not being good at deploying the gun, the fact that the gun is there and present and there is the possibility that you will run into someone like me who isnt afraid to pull and shoot a gun, the fact that its there will scare people away,

  • Joe LeBlanc

    Crime rates around the United States and in my own community have decreased throughout the past ten years. This could very well be from a change in policies and the change in police chiefs from city to city.

    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Petoskey-Michigan.html

    • Aryana Gonzalez

      I’m glad that crime has decreased in the past 10 years in the United States and as well in your own community. But lately I feel as if it will get worse. I mean in my little community its quiet and peaceful and I really enjoy living here. Its small and convenient here. But lately like 3 crimes, murders, and other stuff has come up and it was never like this before. I don’t quite understand it myself on exactly why it happens and why people do it but I hope and pray it stops soon. And for that matter never happens again. #DoNowCrime #davisss

  • Josh

    According to the graphs at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/04/nyregion/how-crime-declined-in-new-york-city-and-the-us.html?_r=1& crime has been down over the past 30 years. I believe this is due to the increase of surveillance, not only on the part of cameras on buildings, but also due to the ease of access that bystanders have to cameras and recording devices to capture crime that is happening. According to http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/wireless-technology-fight-crime1.htm todays technology has had an effect on lowering crime rates.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree that surveillance does help lower crime but what if the city doesn’t have the money to buy proper surveillance or what happens if the no one can watch the cameras. Yes, surveillance is important but without anyone operating it, its point less. Back to the money situation, if you don’t have the money to buy the surveillance then how can we make it a safer environment? Although surveillance it good I think we should have a backup. Do you agree?

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that technology decreases crime, but I think that the drop in crime may be due to new policing strategies. Police are targeting repeat offenders, which would reduce the crime that is already there. They are using community watch, embracing safe neighborhoods. They are also using programs to engage “at-risk” youth into lives without crime. There is even a program on T.V., ‘Beyond Scared Straight” that shows kids involved with crime what kind of life they could be facing.
      Source: http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/perspectives/2012/05/5-creative-ways-law-enforcement-is-reducing-violence.html

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Josh,
      I agree that one of the reasons that the crime rate is decreasing is because of technology but, another major reason is smarter policing skills and strategies. These strategies differ from town to town because of the different needs and issues that occur there. http://www.calea.org/calea-update-magazine/issue-101/police-training-officer-pto-program This link is to the CALEA website, the article is about new training strategies for police officers. Hopefully by training the police officer differently, it will help us lower the crime rate even more.

  • BDELPHIN

    BDELPHIN
    • in a few seconds

    in petoskey Michigan we honestly have no crime maybe some kids smoking pot behind roast and toast but we really don’t have much every now and then we have someone get murdered every other year like for example when i was a kid a lady down the street from me shot her husband in the face with a shot gun. but here in petoskey we really don’t have violent crime. we don’t have any gangs or terrorist activity. so my view on do we have violent crime? yes and no people get murdered every blue moon. but is it decreasing? i don’t think our crime is decreasing its staying at a moderate level because i haven’t really seen any big story in the paper .http://www.petoskeynews.com/fe

  • jfk

    i beleive that violent crime is increasing. even rural areas such as emmet county. just recently in harbor springs a basketball coach is being charged with inapropriate conduct. in petoskey a couple of months ago a woman who worked at the corner grocer kiled her husband. crime is on the rise everywere. this is because of technology. weapons are easier to get and people do not consider the conciquences. according to pbs newshour,
    crime rate is up 15% in the last year. even nonviolent crime is on the rise. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/24/violent-crime-rising-in-united-states/3180309/

    • Aryana Gonzalez

      I agree with you opinion on this as far as crime increasing goes. I can’t imagine what it will be in 5 or 10 more years if crime rate has increased 15% already. That’s pretty sad and I hope that in time people will take notice of this an make a change.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree and disagree with JFK because more studies show that most states are going down than up, but their is still some state that increasing like Tennessee. Some of the states that are going down in crime are Texas, New York and, Chicago.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I don’t think technology is the best way to explain the urban violence dilemma. Sure, we can access things even faster and easier but that’s for things like Amazon orders. Those who can access things easier have better access to money. Economy is the main key in urban violence rates.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree that violent crime is increasing even in rural areas, but I don’t agree that technology is causing it. I believe we can access supplies way quicker than before and even easier but I wouldn’t blame technology as the main reason as to why violence has increased throughout the years.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I do not think that technology is the crime. I believe that money drives everything. People start gangs and commit crimes for money.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      JFK,
      Most statistics show the general crime rates decreasing in the USA but, that being said in specific areas it may be different. Even though, statistics may say that in your area, crime is on the rise, there are many things we can do to prevent that. For example, using smarter policing skills and strategies, those can differ from town to town because, every town has different needs.

  • Corina Salinas

    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Charlevoix-Michigan.html

    In Charleviox, crime rate has decreased in a lot of ways, such as rape, arson, auto theft, assaults, and robberies. BUT thefts have greatly increased and as well as rape. I feel like this is the case because Charleviox is a rural area in Michigan and there’s not much to do in the town, so typically that’s how you find trouble

  • Ashton Walker

    Crime Rates throughout the entire United States has dropped significantly for numerous reasons. New York for example has dropped 56% percent since the 1990’s. As a whole the crime rate in the United States has dropped 28% as a whole.Numerous reasons like “stop-and-frisk”, demography and an increase in Police forces around the nation have all had effects on the crime rate dropping not just in New York but nation wide.http://www.nber.org/digest/jan03/w9061.html

    • Luke_A_Period3

      So do you believe that policies similar to “Stop and Frisk should be more common on a national level? I believe they should, and I think every American that does not have something to hide would agree with me. Because what is the negative? Even if you get stopped (assuming you do not have anything illegal on your person) you will be on your way in a few seconds.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I completely agree with you, but I think another good reason would be that, with more jobs offered in some cities, crime wasn’t as necessary there for those people whereas in a city with few jobs, people often resort to crime as they feel they won’t get money any other way.

  • Shane Myers

    PBS NewsHour blog post is saying the crime rate is going up. Michigan Crime Statistics and Rates Report (MI) is saying that there is a downward trend in the crime rate.http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/michigan/#.Uu_1zLEo7cs

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I would disagree with PBS, Crime rate is decreasing as police get smarter and more jobs open up. Due to few jobs being open in some areas, people resort to crime as a last ditch effort, whereas the more jobs are open, the less people feel like they have no choice but to steal.

  • John Clark

    There were 55 registered sex offenders living in Petoskey as of September 30, 2013. Compared to boyne falls which has 328.
    http://www.city-data.com/so/so-Petoskey-Michigan.html

  • ellielynn

    While crime has mainly decreased over the years, Petoskey has never really displayed much crime. Crimes in Petoskey are small such as burglaries and theft. Crime hasn’t exactly decrease because crime in Petoskey has never been a huge problem. http://www.usa.com/petoskey-mi-crime-and-crime-rate.htm

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I do not agree or disagree. Yes maybe the crime rate has decreased in the past years, but we never actually know when things could actually happen because in some areas, the crime rate numbers has spiked and has never been a fixed amount. We never know when someone could have an outbreak and cause an amount of crimes.

  • Elyssa Bolinger

    http://www.nmu.edu/publicsafety/node/75..This information i found shows a decrease in drug laws and stealing and increase in auto theft..but over all it looks like it is decreasing slowly in Marquette, MI and in the article i read Washington has increased crime by 15%..I believe that places with higher population have increased in crime rate.

  • Kat VanHuis

    Crime has decreased over all in Grand Rapids, Michigan, more in the last 2 years then ever. People don’t get robbed as much, or assaulted. or raped. Car thefts are rarer by half, wallets and purses are less likely to be taken. http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/less_cops_less_crime_mlive_inv.html

    • Luke patton

      You make a good point Kat, but thats just in that one place. If you look at different parts of the country that would be a lot different. Like in my home town Coppell,Tx. Those are projections for this year. They could always be wrong. Yes they are rarer, but they could always still happen.

  • Trey Sullivan

    The crime in my hometown of Petoskey is not so much violent, it is mainly petty, and there is very little of it. Most of Michigan is a very peaceful place, and the crime rates are very low. Overall, the crimes per square mile are lower in Michigan than the national average. The violent crime rate, however is above the national average.

    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/crime/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      It’s nice to hear that most crimes in Michigan are petty and that Petoskey seems like a safe community. But, I have to ask, how is the economic state of your hometown? Do people who live in nicer houses and have an easier access to money have a less criminal community?

  • dwiltse96

    cbs news says that violent crime is going down but according to what i have seen violent crime in small towns has tended to stay the say which is very low and almost none for the last ten or so years that i have seenon this site. http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Wolverine-Lake-Michigan.html

    • Luke patton

      Yes, they are going down, but when you look at most cities you can really say that they are going down. Look at my home town Coppell,TX. But those are just predictions, I could always be wrong. But, I do agree with you that the major cities are going down in crime.

  • Derek Bice

    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Cheboygan-Michigan.html As you can see in this chart, crime has been going down in the past few years. But then again, crime never really was very high in northern MI.

  • Amanda Stinger

    suburbs have less crime rates compared to rural areas. “It should be no surprise Detroit tops the Forbes list of the Most Dangerous Cities this year for the fifth year in a row.” A place like Petoskey will have less crime if any compared to a large city Detroit. http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/30/3228461/child-mortality-detroit/ There is a high infant mortality rate do to abuse.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      But why? Why is it that Detroit is so criminal? What correlates with crime?
      I like to point to their economic state. People need things to survive and you can only get things with money. Detroit’s economic state hasn’t really been better. Currently, they’re bankrupt. People are fighting to survive because they lack the proper conditions to live in.

  • Caelen

    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Detroit-Michigan.html

    in Michigan crime is on the decline. many large cites are seeing the same trend, makes me wonder what causes this seemingly universal decrease in violent crime. I struggle to believe that it is due to better policing. I see a cultural change causing these trends that are reflected buy so many cities.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree Caelen that the crime is declining in Michigan, because their is only 25 violent crimes.

  • andrewbeyer

    crime in places like flint and Detroit maybe be going down in more rural pleces are staying the same roughly the same, witch its very low compaired to major cites

    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Petoskey-Michigan.html

    • Luke patton

      Yes, you make a good point. Crime rates are going down in the major cities, but in rural they stay about the same or start to get higher.I know in Coppell,Tx it is projected to be higher for 2014 then in 2011. So yes you can say that in rural areas it is either staying the same or rising.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      You are right, In major cities crime rates are decreasing but they are still high. Though in more rural places crime rates don’t really decrease they stay pretty much the same, which is worrying because kids are not allowed outside anymore at certain hours of the night. We need to pay attention to these issues and get the crime rates in the rural areas to go down like in the major cities.

  • Jeremy Hiatt

    I live in Petoksey Michigan and crime here is mostly small crimes, the violent crimes take up a really small percentage. The only murder we have had in the past six years just happened recently and we have only had two rapes over the past ten years. So as for violent crimes the numbers tend to decline and then just every few years they spike just to drop once again. http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Petoskey-Michigan.html

    • Ngan La

      I agree. After doing a little research, my neighborhood in San Francisco has only minor crimes. In the past 5 yrs, I have not heard of any major incident.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I very much agree with you. Also in Coppell, we don’t have a close number of set crimes. Our rates also spike up and down and are never the same. It may decline, but we never know what are in the minds of people and what some people will do.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Jeremy Hiatt

      I agree with you. In my town of Coppell there are not many violent crimes. As you can see in this chart not many violent crimes happen. There are more thievery and aggressive assault in my town. More officers that want to enforce the law should be on patrol can fix these problems.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Jeremy Hiatt

      I agree with you. In my town of Coppell there are not many violent crimes. As you can see in this chart not many violent crimes happen. There are more thievery and aggressive assault in my town. More officers that want to enforce the law should be on patrol can fix these problems. There should be more ways to spread the word about murder rates. This meme can be put out to help spread the word about violence in the world.

  • Brenton Jakeway

    the six and a half percent drop in crime rate (CBS news) isnt much but it does prove that the rate of crime is in fact going down.

    this link below states that an individual-rights focus finds open carry right is helpful when balancing the personal protection interests of its citizens. So that you can in fact protect yourself from people meaning to harm you.

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2010/04/15/why-open-carry-gun-laws-work

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Brenton, while the crime rate in your community looks like it’s decreasing, the link is talking about “open carry” gun laws. Do you think it’s a good idea for everyone to carry a gun around with them as they go along their average day?
      I think that yes, people should be able to protect themselves but then again if nobody were to be armed, then nobody would need to protect themselves with a gun. It sounds dangerous because of course accidents will happen so what happens when a gun goes off and accidentally kills an innocent person? I think it’s one thing to protect yourself but I don’t think it’s necessary to carry a gun around wherever you go about your day.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I couldn’t agree more, we should have open carry laws. In order to get an open carry permit you must go through rigorous courses, and screenings to see if you are fit to have a gun license. This system has been proved through time. There has never been a shooting that involved an open carry license, and the most deadly shootings happen in states without open carry laws. We need more guns in society to protect more people. Couldn’t agree more.

  • NateDawg

    General crime the U.S.A has been steadily decreasing since around 1990, as studies show on the New York Times’s website. This website also displays statistics for other demographics and big cities, such as Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Pheonix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose. There is no one reason for this decrease, as this site mentioned earlier there are many conflicting views on the cause for the nationwide decrease in crime. Michigan is following suit, almost every “kind” of crime in Detroit, Michigan’s biggest city, has been decreasing steadily since 1999. This data is expressed and very clearly laid out on http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Detroit-Michigan.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/04/nyregion/how-crime-declined-in-new-york-city-and-the-us.html?_r=1&

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you NateDawg that U.S.A is deceasing in crime rates, since the crime is lower than 50.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      It’s fantastic to see that the crime has been decreasing in Michigan since 1999. I wonder how long it will take so that it decreases enough to go down on the most violent states in the U.S.

    • Christian H.

      That’s a good point, there are many conflicting points in crime rates and changes. Even the average in may states has gone down whats to say it wont rise again. Criminals adapt to the times and try new methods. Times change and policies change, it all depends on the times.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Nate,
      I agree that there is not one reason for the decrease in crime rate but, there are some very prominent ones. Those being, better economic conditions, better policing strategies, and newer technology. Even though the crime rate is decreasing, the USA still has one of the highest crime rates in the world. This needs to change, therefore we need to keep improving the ways we train our police officers and the strategies they use, as well as improving technology and creating programs,etc. that help us protect ourselves.

  • emily_p_2shuttle

    As you can see in the picture below, Coppell has a low crime rate compared to the rest of Texas. I think one reason for that could be possibly that we are a smaller city in relation to Dallas, Fort Worth, or Houston. That doesn’t mean that the bigger cities aren’t a safe place. One factor of a low crime rate is the amount of protection a city has. If you look at this sentence from the article, “Violent crime rates, in particular, have gone way down in many large cities around the country” this is in relation to the amount of protection. As stated, former mayor of New York City has put “stop-and-frisk” into action. This is where police officers question thousands of people and frisk them for weapons. A criminal, knowing this could happen, would be less likely to do a crime because they have a higher risk of getting caught. So, if larger (and smaller) cities would create a plan remotely like stop-and-frisk, they could also have a lower crime rate.

  • Aryana Gonzalez

    @KQEDEdspace in my community I believe that violence has increased more than before. There’s just a lot more of it in our community and I’m afraid more is to come. When I say a lot more I mean a few but that’s still a lot for our little community. #DoNowCrime #davisss

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Aryana,
      I agree with you that as people in a community, we should try to make peace with others. I also know that we are human so disagreements are going to come up. Think about all of the different people and cultures in just one community. Yes, we should all try to create a safe and peaceful environment but you have to consider the different kinds of people! Different people that, in fact, have much different opinions may not get along perfectly and violence comes from the heart, so if we want to stop all of the violent crime then we need to not only “not shoot the man” but we need to “refuse to hate the man”. It’s hard to imagine hatred and violence when we are used to knowing our friends and the fact that we would never hurt them! Some people don’t have that though, maybe people that grew up in a bad home or with a family that left them behind.

      • emily_p_2shuttle

        Aryana, I agree with you, we should try to be more protective with our laws. The more we are, the less crimes we will have.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Aryana, I agree with you, we should try to be more protective with our laws. The more we are, the less crimes we will have. “From policing techniques to community strategies to demographics, the theories abound.” There are many different strategies we could approach to have a lower crime rate in all of our communities, and we should be doing that, to prevent it.

  • Melody_M_2

    Were I live,Coppell Texas our crime rate is lower than the rest of texas and I think thats because we are a small city. Even though its lower than the rest texas it is still going up but in all of texas its going down and i think that the reason it went down is because the laws are more enforced and that there is more protection in texas.

  • Guest

    The article states that crimes are dropping in U.S. urban areas.The audio states that “crime is decreasing in places like New York dropping has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995, and that Chicago is called a safe place to live. Because their crime rate is very low.” I live In Coppell,TX where the crime rate is 40, which means it is a more safer place unlike Tennessee which has 643.6 violent crimes. Which is the highest crime rate state. Overall the crime rates are more down than up in some states, if you look at the graph below it shows that New Mexico is one of the state high crime rate and Kansas is one of low crime rate.

  • Guest

    The article states that “crimes are dropping in U.S. urban areas.” The
    audio states that “crime is decreasing in places like New York dropping
    has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995, and that Chicago is
    called a safe place to live. Because their crime rate is very low.” I
    live In Coppell,TX where the crime rate is 40, which means it is a more
    safer place unlike Tennessee which has 643.6 violent crimes. Which is
    the highest crime rate state. Overall the crime rates are more down than
    up in some states, if you look at the graph below it shows that New
    Mexico is one of the state high crime rate and Kansas is one of low
    crime rate.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    The article states that “crimes are dropping in U.S. urban areas.” The
    audio states that “crime is decreasing in places like New York has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995, and that Chicago is called a safe place to live. Because their crime rate is very low.” I live In Coppell,TX where the crime rate is 40, which means it is a more safer place unlike Tennessee which has 643.6 violent crimes. Which is
    the highest crime rate state. Overall the crime rates are more down than
    up in some states, if you look at the graph below it shows that New
    Mexico is one of the high crime rate states and Kansas is one of low
    crime rate states.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    The article states that “crimes are dropping in U.S. urban areas.” The
    audio states that “crime is decreasing in places like New York dropping
    has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995, and that Chicago is
    called a safe place to live. Because their crime rate is very low.” I
    live In Coppell,TX where the crime rate is 40, which means it is a more
    safer place unlike Tennessee which has 643.6 violent crimes. Which is
    the highest crime rate state. Overall the crime rates are more down than
    up in some states, if you look at the graph below it shows that New
    Mexico is one of the state high crime rate and Kansas is one of low
    crime rate.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    In my community of Coppell Texas violent crime rates are much lower than the
    state and national averages , though crimes certainly do happen. As you can see
    in the chart below, there are far more property related crimes commited than
    violent crimes though not to say it doesn’t happen. I believe the reasons for
    this is because it is a suburban city that has a modern law enforcement strategies
    and stricter policies.

    In more urban cities the violent crime rate is
    much higher though consistently dropping across the country. As stated in
    the article about new york city “The overall crime rate, including
    non-violent property crimes, has dropped by more than 60 percent since
    1995″ This is a significant improvement but we can let statistics distract
    us from reality. And the reality is violent crime is still going on all over
    and is still a huge problem. I believe enforcing laws today and providing
    outlets and after school activities for youth to keep them from crime will
    carry them into a crime free adult hood in the future.

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    “Crimes are dropping in U.S. urban areas.” I believe that this statement is half true and half un-true because in some cities crime rates are raising instead of decreasing. This is a very important issue because crime in our cities need to decrease. Kids are not safe to go out at night anymore and parents are more protective, which is good but it also limits our ways to socialize. Even though in my city violent crime rates are lower than the state and national averages, crimes still happen and they are as severe as in other States.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    I think it’s a matter of two things. 1) Whenever a city/town has a high crime rate, police strategies and laws are tougher than they would be if the crime rate happened to be lower. 2) It really depends on where you live. If you live in a nice city with nice people, it tends to be a nice place. But if you live in a rough city with rough people, the city tends to be the same way. Take my hometown Coppell, Texas for example. Coppell is genuinely a nice place filled with really nice people. And, like I said, the city will be the same way. As shown in the picture bellow, Coppell’s crime rate is low compared to the overall crime rate of Texas. All in all, it really comes down to what the police do to keep the place nice, and what the people do as well.

  • John Diep

    #DonowViolentcrimes/ The reasons why some cities are more dangerous than others are due to the lack of police officers and people getting involved with gangs and drugs. Fortunately, I lived in a city that is low with it crime rates but that doesn’t guarantee my safety therefore I believed that police enforcement should be enhance in order to reduce crime rates among Americans across the U.S.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      John Diep, I agree with you. It’s not about whether the officers are there or not, it’s about how seriously they take things like this. LIke you said, even though they are there, it doesn’t insure our safety,

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you on how some cities are more dangerous because of the lack of police officers. Like you, I am growing up in a city that has a lot of police enforcements providing a low crime rate. Sadly it is not like that for other states and cities. We do need more police officers to patrol areas that have a high crime rate.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      John Diep
      I agree that because some
      other cities are more dangerous because of the lack of police officers
      enforcing the law. As you can see by the graph below my town also has a low crime rate, but other towns have a higher crime rate. To fix this problem we can have more officers on patrol for those areas with more crime that will take their job seriously and enforce the law.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    @KQEDedspace I think that it’s because of the better policing strategies that other cities don’t have. The american cities that have higher crime rates, the majority of them have more items that can raise crime rates. They also have more areas that you shouldn’t go to. There has been a change in crime rates in my area. They are now lower crime rates since 2010. #DoNowCrime

  • Kyle_C_3

    Only a few things matter like; 1) What the community physically looks like, like is it the ghettos or where bigger homes are built. 2) Who lives there, like higher income families or lower or even middle class. 3) Is there a lot of police or law enforcement live there. All of these characteristics come into effect on the cities crime rate. Lets say that we live in a poorer place and not a lot of law enforcement then there would probably be a lot of crime because people need money to survive. Also if the city doesn’t have very good management then that could come into effect, like if the city governor wasn’t good nor police chief, etc. Saying all that even if you have a good governor and a good police chief it does not mean all this will go away immediately or even at all this will just help the situation.

  • trevorosterhoutbenceboyd

    Coppell is one off those city where the people think noting goes wrong it all safe but little do they know Coppell is all it made up to be we still have crime in spiked in 2001 and it has gone down at a steady speed but it still not perfect and all high and mighy as we think it is this graph will show you crime rates

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      While it isn’t completely gone I have to say that we are heading on the right track because coppell is one of those towns that is normal middle class and protected. When the mayor killed herself it was a surprise. Only because people don’t really let the idea of these events affect them.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    The crime rate in Coppell, although there isn’t much to begin with, looks like it’s increasing. Although we feel safe in our homes and around our school district, there are always going to be crimes whether we see it or not. For example, most parents in Coppell don’t let their kids go outside when it gets dark because of crime and rape etc. This (light blue) graph below displays the crime rate in Coppell and it shows especially that there is a lot more property crime then violent crime. The darker blue and green graphs show the crime rates in Texas. The blue one shows the property crime rate and the green one shows the violent crime rate. This displays the same idea as the first graph in showing that the property crime is much greater than the violent crime although these darker blue and green graphs show that the crime rates have been decreasing. I still think that the crime rates in Coppell over all are increasing.

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    Coppell, also known as the “Coppell Bubble”, is a small city right outside of Dallas, Texas. We call it the “Coppell Bubble” because we seem to be living in our own little world. Guarded from the pain and fear the rest of the world experiences. However, all we, mostly the high school students, ever talk about is getting out of the bubble. Leaving Coppell for good. Yes, I will admit, I am guilty of this. Reading this article sparked a thought in my mind. Why is it that we want to leave a relatively safe city? I acknowledge the fact that every city has crime and violence, but Coppell’s crime and violence rates are more than reasonable. We may be protected from the tortures of the outside world. We may be hidden from reality. We are all definitely in for a rude awakening when we leave our little bubble. Such a rude awakening, that majority of us will probably be calling our mommy’s and daddy’s crying because we didn’t realize how harsh the actual world is. Crime in Coppell is not talked about very much. Many are blind to the fact that in 2011 violent crime rates spiked. I believe that we, as a city, need to be more aware of not only violent crimes taking place in the city we call home, but also allow ourselves to learn and understand urban violence that is taking place throughout the nation.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I think the drop in crime is a result of policing strategies, as well as programs that teach youth.
    There are new policing strategies including targeting repeat offenders, community watch, engaging youth that are at risk for committing crimes themselves, using technology such as security cameras and amber alerts, and effectively distributing resources wisely. (To accomplish this, the police create maps and find which areas have the most crime, and use more police fleet there.)
    In addition, there are many organizations looking to help kids in high-crime areas and to try to prevent them from having the same fate as others in the area. Some programs, like the Police Athletic League provide after school care and sports activities. Others focus on violence-prevention, like CeaseFire and the Boys and Girl Club of America. There’s even a show called “Scared Straight” that takes at-risk youth through the daily life of a prisoner, hopefully getting them to change their ways.

    Source: http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/perspectives/2012/05/5-creative-ways-law-enforcement-is-reducing-violence.html

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    Some American cities have been so much more successful because of money and law enforcement. It takes money to have a nice home or to not live in what the call “the ghetto”. It takes money to pay law enforcement. Some people from low income families never had the chance to be born into a safe environment. They never had the chance to grow up in an area that they could walk down the street and not be afraid of getting shot. Children grow up into gangs to protect themselves. This is because a lack of law enforcement. Without the proper law enforcement the crime rate increases. Have you ever noticed that in higher class places they have policeman standing around or video cameras in certain areas? Well in some places they don’t have that, they don’t have the privilege of knowing what its like to feel safe. With the proper finances and law enforcement I think we would live in a safer world

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    Crime in cities has been on a steady decline for the most part. However, cities with more money like a suburban “rich” neighborhood
    have less violence compared to areas that have a lower standard of
    living. For example, I live in a pretty decent town, not really any gangs or anything. However, when I lived in California, we had police choppers scouring the area some nights. More than a slight difference, hm? As stated in the article, “The overall crime rate, including non-violent property crimes, has
    dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995. Former Mayor Michael
    Bloomberg and his chief of police partly credited this steady decrease
    in recent years to the widespread deployment of a controversial policing
    program known as “stop-and-frisk,” in which police officers each year
    questioned hundreds of thousands of pedestrians they perceived to be
    acting suspiciously, and then often frisked them for weapons and other
    contraband.” (This was later declared as unconstitutional, also stated in the article, but my point being that with increased awareness, maybe some regulation on things like guns ie more through background checks, crime rates could drop even further, it works) However, please take into account that different states and counties may have different definitions on what domestic crime, misdemeanors versus things warranting tickets, etcetera may vary. Some cities may have seen slight increases. It all depends on the place, however, as stated in my earlier remarks on the topic, I have seen the trend of “Nicer place, nicer people” both from experience and statistics. (Forgive my font change, don’t know how to get it to go away) However, local services can have an impact as well. Local police offices can give classes, and economy can have an impact too. Places with a lower economy may have higher umemployment, resulting in people not having enough money to scrape by. Implement of strategies, as told of in the article, can have an impact too.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I never really focused on crime rates in Coppell, because I thought Coppell was very safe. But as I look at this chart (on the bottom), I now realize that crimes dealing with violence has increased a lot since 2008. As you look at the chart you will see that Coppell is in green, Texas is blue, and national is in orange. So as you examine the chart, although Coppell crimes are rising, they are still not even close to the violent crimes nation-wide and in Texas. But I am certain that the bar will probably rise the next year. So we need to step it up here in Coppell in order to make me feel like I’m safe here again.

  • Guest

    I believe cities are (un)successful in their crime rates based on their community outreach programs and built relationships. My community is fairly close knit and we have a way below average crime rate compared to Texas and the rest of the nation. Where as some of my friends who live in other parts of the nation have experience high crime rates and they claim their community is “distant from each other”.
    Surveys have shown that people who live in more rural areas of America, join gangs for their own protection. They don’t have good law enforcement or relationships within their town and they want to feel safe, so they put up a defense. If their community had an outreach program maybe they wouldn’t be so scared and there would be less gangs. It wouldn’t solve the problem but it would be a good place to start.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      I agree with you, close knit communities seem to have lower crime rates. Our community is quite close and we don’t have very much crime at all. Most of our crime is property crime. Our crime has gone up though since 2010 and it seems to be going up bit by bit. What kind of outreach program are you talking about? It sounds like you’re talking about a program to where the people would come together or maybe work together. I feel like the people who are in their “gangs” and “groups” wouldn’t want to join a new, unfamiliar program when they already feel fine in their gangs. Sounds like a good idea.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    I believe cities are (un)successful in their crime rates based on their community outreach programs and built relationships. My community is fairly close knit and we have a way below average crime rate compared to Texas and the rest of the nation. Where as some of my friends who live in other parts of the nation have experience high crime rates and they say their community is “distant from each-other”.
    Surveys have shown that people who live in more rural areas of America claim to join gangs for their own protection. They don’t have good law enforcement or relationships within their town and they want to feel safe, so they put up a defense. If their community had an outreach program maybe they wouldn’t be so scared and there would be less gangs. It wouldn’t solve the problem but it would be a good place to start.

  • KENNETH CHAN

    Although crimes happen daily, I believe the decrease in crime happening in my city is attributed to sufficient police presence. Conversely in neighboring cites with less police presence, there are higher crime rates and murders.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Kenneth Chan, I do not agree with you nor do I disagree. Yes, police play a factor in how many crimes happen, but criminals still commit crimes when police are around. It’s more of how protective the police officers are. That is the big thing that will prevent criminals from committing a crime.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Kenneth I say that if police wern’t as present then people could come to an idea of lawlessness. I live in a town that has a moderate amount of police around an area with a large amount of population and we don’t suffer many problems. If police make there presence known but not to a certain extent then people would get the idea of lawlessness out of their heads. And put the idea of being safe back in.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I totally agree. I think that crimes happen less were there is sufficient police amounts. But when there is a city with very few police presences, there will be a high rate of crimes.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      If police are around, then of course crime rates will be decreased. However, at least in cases like the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy, the court deemed it unconstitutional and it’s infamously racist. There needs to be some kind of balance, otherwise we will be infringing on people’s rights, particularly those of color.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      This is the same thing that is currently happening in my community. The city I live in has capacity for many police officers. This is why I believe the crime rate in our city has always been low. While I was looking up statistics I discovered that the crime rates of the cities around me are higher. This, I believe, is due to the lessen number of police enforcements. As seen in the picture below Coppell is outlined in red. Coppell is in the yellow, low crime rate area. While places like Dallas, which is about 45 minutes away is in the red, high crime rate area.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree, if there are less cops then people can do more illegal things with less of a chance of getting caught. Where I live there quite a bit of cops, so we don’t have a lot of crime.

    • Christian H.

      I agree, areas with bigger police forces can organize and distribute accordingly but area with less police officers have to pick up the slack and it makes it harder for police to act in a timely matter and respond to crime.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Yes if the police isn’t very involved then crime will go up. It is inevitable.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I can see where you’re coming from, and glad that you gave detail to your explanation. That’s also a very good point and something that city runners and mayors should look into to help keep their city safe. But at my school, we always have at least one police figure on campus yet the violent crime in my city has been on the rise over the past ten years. (See chart below) This may also be something that may have to be factored in when trying to find ways to keep communities safer. I’ve also attached a slam poem with its audio file below, concerning urban violence.
      Poem: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dVuWYs0uPLMDKhxWa3FX-vKxUamXwraHrDWMj6ECHfc/edit?usp=sharing

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I belive that crime can not be stopped completly. It has been problem since the dawn of time. I think that the notion that we need to employ more police is good. But I have hurd of people saying that we should ban or control guns. When I hear that it makes me cringe. The resin why is guns prevent crime. Why it actlly helps prevint it. in Chicgo they banned hand guns in 1981 and the crime rate went down for for about 4 years but hen sky rocted to its highst it has been in its history. But in Texas it hent down when the hand gun law was passed.

    • Olivia

      I agree; many people think that guns only provoke crimes. They’re not always bad, if handled appropriately.

  • Olivia

    @KQEDEspace The crime rate in my community has definitely increased. Drive-by’s and raids by the FBI have occurred in the past couple of months. #donowcrime #davisss

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Do you live in a city or a more rural or suburban area? The crime rate in my town has increased according to a graph I found, but I personally haven’t witnessed anything like that.

      • Olivia

        I live in a semi-rural area. The crime used to be very “quiet”, but has recently increased. I feel like crime rates in larger cities have decreased, while rural areas and smaller towns are increasing.

        • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

          Thats interesting. I feel that rural towns crime is increasing but at the same time I dont feel that cities are decreasing as much as you make them sound.

          • Olivia

            They’re not decreasing by much, but atleast the rates are going down

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      Looking at your original post and your reply, I fully agree to your claim. Below is a picture of the violent crime rates in my city over the past ten years, which has been on a rise. And even though there has been a major decrease in major cities over the past two decades, the smaller areas have had increases. I also have a slam poem and audio file for that poem, talking about urban violence in major cities. Attached below is a meme talking about the source of the problem.
      Poem: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dVuWYs0uPLMDKhxWa3FX-vKxUamXwraHrDWMj6ECHfc/edit?usp=sharing

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    For the most part no. I live in Coppell and I would not say that urban violence is affecting the community at all. As you can see by the graph down below, violence in Coppell has risen quite a bit in the past few years. Even though it has risen I so not feel like it is tearing the community apart. Now if the trend continues then I will feel unsafe in my community. Now it is impossible to completely eradicate violence, but we can lower it. I think the one of the many causes for this rise in violence has something to do with the unemployment in the United States. If you get unemployed then you have no money and you might need to start stealing which also means hurting people that get in your way. Another reason is that it is just fun to some people. Being violent and hurting people brings joy to some people. These people are messed up. In order to restore some peace in Coppell we need to get rid of these people, because with them out there our city is becoming unsafe.

  • joey

    i live in Petoskey Mi. i was born in Detroit but moved when i was still really little, i have family and friends in Detroit and i go to visit all the time and i hear from them what crimes have gone on. My family down state does not live in the best off neighborhoods. so they can see the worst. in Petoskey im thankful and i know that crime rate here is nothing compared to big city life. crimes her happen but we dont often have murders or anything like that.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      I agree that crime of a suburb is nothing compared to the big city. Suburbs don’t have multiple divisons of higher and lower classes. Suburbs normally are much lower in crime then an area that has a ghetto

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Wow, Detroit must have great increases in crimes because my dad was born and raised there for about 6 years and he said that it perfectly safe.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      Well, by your post we can see that the crime rates have increased in the past years. Its becoming more and more of a problem. We can see also how crime rates change from how large or how small the city is. It also has to do on how poor or how damaged the neighborhoods are, not in all occasions since I live in a decent neighborhood with a good school districts there is still danger out in the streets.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      I agree that crime rate in big cities is drastically higher. We don’t hear so much about the latest drive-by shooting in Coppell, Texas, like we would hear about in, say, New York.

    • Christian H.

      Yes crime rates are higher in bigger cities compared to small town, but looking at recent statistics crime is going down. Look at the resources, they’re all about how crime is decreasing in these newer times. Crime is going down due to better policing, new policies, and the changing of times compared to the 80’s for example when drugs were rampant and police technology wasn’t as advanced.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I do agree, smaller communities tend to have less crime. I believe it’s because there is less poverty in the community. I mean here in Coppell, TX we don’t usually have the murders or the shoot-ups that other more cities with more people in poverty do.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I’m glad that you told some of the tales of someone other than yourself, to help give a different perspective. This is similar to my town which actually has a low crime rate compared to the state and the rest of the country. (See chart below)
      Yet there are other places that have incidents that are very traumatic and bring bad consequences for the future. I have composed a slam poem along with an audio link talking about urban violence, especially in big cities.

      Poem: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dVuWYs0uPLMDKhxWa3FX-vKxUamXwraHrDWMj6ECHfc/edit?usp=sharing

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree with you. It’s very nice to get a different perspective from other people who actually live in larger cities. It makes a lot of sense that there will be more violence in larger cities.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      You are 100% correct. A big city will, not maybe, have a higher crime rate. By big city I mean the city and the tiny communities that are still in the city itself. I live in Coppell and the crime rate here isn’t as big as Dallas, which is the closest big city. In Dallas there is a community called Oackcliff. Most of it is considered the ghetto and their crime rite is quite high.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to agree with what you say. I believe in the more larger cities it’s easier to get away with crimes because there is much more people and polices can’t observe the whole huge city, In much smaller cities it’s much more obvious in who committed the crime because its easier for polices to observe the city.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    In our community, crime has been at a steady decline due to economic growth, but others aren’t so lucky.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    Coppell is a neighborhood full of good middle class society people. While North Lake is higher in crime (probably because of people going their because of its abandoned area) Coppell still is pretty safe of a place to live. Yet crime still happens even with 3 fire stations an a perfectly centered police station things still happen. Suburban Coppell mainly has financial crimes. When people see the expensive and massive homes filled with money and pricy things. The amount of financial over humane crimes is staggering. When the old mayor killed herself and her daughter it was really shocking because we aren’t use to such. While any city would be surprised at a suicidal mayor it just isn’t that normal. If a murder happens around us it makes since because Lewisville and Dallas have very low class areas. I went to a church in south Dallas and bars were on the windows to protect people if there was a shootout. Coppell is generally safe but like every city there will be some problems. No matter what community you have.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    If you look at this graph crimes have been more serious in the past times, but it does not have a fixed number of crimes. Perhaps we think that we are safe in our “Coppell bubble”, but according to this graph we don’t know when a sudden outbreak of crimes could occur. A lot of times, I think that most crimes have been caused by the economy of certain places. For example, if we were to not have enough to provide for our family, what will that person do? I’m guessing that they wouldn’t just stand there and watch their family die, no, they would fight or do anything they could to keep them alive. This could be one of the situations on why many property and violent crimes have occurred. The graph shows that there aren’t as many crimes compared to other places around the world, but we never know what anyone could do if they find something necessary. If we look at Coppell’s economy, it may not be so bad due to the growth of our economy, but other places in the world may not be as nice, which is a part that proves. Perhaps we can’t fully take away urban violence, but if we try then I’m sure we can lower it together.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    Violent crime is not decreasing in my community. I live in Coppell Texas and violent crime rates are definitely increasing, as you can tell in the graph below. I always thought of Coppell as a safe place, until i saw this graph below. Although, It’s nothing compared to Texas as a whole’s crime rate, Coppell is still increasing. One of the main reasons my parents chose to live in Coppell is because it’s a safe community, but as the way the violent crime rate is increasing I don’t know how much longer Coppell will be safe.

  • Michael Fitzpatrick

    I think that the reason some cities have a lower crime rate is because of there size. Smaller towns usually have lower crime ratings than a bigger city because everyone knows everyone. It also has to with the fact that some cities are poorer than others. It might have something to do with police increasement and the people who live there. I dont know for sure if there has been a decrease in crime.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I completely agree with your statement, smaller cities seem to have a lower crime rate, but it also depends on how poor the city is. Usually those people commit crimes so that they can have things they don’t have at their own homes. Those people don’t have a good education or they have family issues. There are some big neighborhoods that have tis problem for example the Bronx, that neighborhood is known for their high crime rate and I believe its due to the poorness of the community.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I completely agree. I think that size plays a huge factor in the crime rates in cities. I live in a smaller city and our crime rate is way smaller than a city that is only a couple thousand larger.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that smaller cities do tend to have a smaller crime rate than the bigger cities. I believe this is because, as you mentioned about there being more police, it is easier to patrol than a larger city. If a small city has the same amount of police officers as a larger city then it gives the small city an advantage. Having many police officers in a small city can make it so there are 2 or 3, maybe even more, police officers patrolling a certain area. This gives the advantage of being able to spot out crime easily, and being able to report there faster.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Michael Fitzpatrick
      I totally agree. When there are less people in a town,
      people are closer to one another. Other reasons rather than everyone knowing
      everyone to crimes dropping is more officers are enforcing the laws and more
      people are in jail, so fewer crimes are on the street. As you can see in this
      diagram large and small towns have both gone down in crime rates. Small towns have always been lower.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to agree with you Michael because it’s much easier to control a smaller city if they have a lot cops. And I agree that they’re is probably more crime in the poorer cities because since they don’t have money they have to go out and do bad things to get money, I don’t live in a poor community and I can say there is not much crime going on here.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    Crime is always going to be a reality. Their is no way we can stop all crime. The best way to fight crime and lower the crime rates is to allow the citizens to arm themselves so they can protect their things, their family, and their own well being. This figure shows how legalizing handguns affected the crime rates in Texas and in America. Texas murder rates had been high above the rates of the U.S. until the Texan Right to Carry law became effective. When that law became effective the murder rate continued to decline and stay low. This shows how arming citizens with guns to protect each of themselves will keep crime rates low.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      The graphic

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Crime in my community is quite low, especially when compared to places I’ve lived in the past. I currently live in a small suburb that’s predominantly upper middle class or even wealthy, but I used to live in Indianapolis, a much bigger city, and although my neighborhood was quite well-to-do, not a five minute walk away my mother had been approached by a drug dealer, and once, at my own front door, my father had a gun pulled on him. Below is a graph to prove my point–crime rate is increasing but it’s still extremely low in Coppell.

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    Even though the crime rate in Coppell, Texas is lower than most places, it looks to be increasing by time. Living in a city that only has 40,000 citizens may seem like there would be zero to no crime, but our numbers tell us differently. We are taught that our city is safe enough to even go to bed with our doors unlocked, as if we think we live in a protected bubble, but this isn’t the case. As you can see in the attached pictures, the property crime has been decreasing throughout the years, but the violent crimes have been increasing. I believe that the cities that have lower crime rates are due to the fact that they have less people. When a city is larger there is more leeway to get away with the crime than in a smaller city.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      Here is my screenshot of graphs for the crime rate in Coppell, Texas.

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes I agree with you. Coppell is safe due to its smaller population in a larger place there will be more crime and leeway t allow criminals to get away.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    Crime will never be stopped. It’s something that is always going to be there. We can hire more cops and make more laws but it’s still going to be there. In my community crime is pretty low. Why? Is it because we are a “wealthy” community? Is it because its a small community? Or is it just because we are all “nice” people? Sadly, none of this is true. The crime in my community is slowly going up, year, by year, by year. The best we can do as a community is arm ourselves. The only people that can protect us is ourselves. We can’t wait and hope that someone else is going to protect us, our homes, our family. If we arm ourselves, it is very possible that crime will go down. I would not want to walk into a armed house. That is the one thing that would drive me away. This is a picture of the crime rates in Coppell, Texas.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    Every 22.2 seconds a violent crime is committed. Out of 20, violence is the 8th most common felony in the U.S. Wether we like it or not violence occurs all around us. Lucky for my community, the violence crime rate has decreased over the last 10 years. This could be a result of more police forces patrolling the area. In my community, on average I see 3 or 4 police cars while I am out everyday. We have many police officers riding around, that way when called they can get there faster, whatever the crime may be. A violence crime could be on the scale from a fight at school to a vandalism. At the middle school and high school there is a police officer assigned there to patrol the area everyday. That way, in this case, if a fight broke out a police officer can be there and break it up. If a crime like vandalism were to occur there should be a police officer close enough to the area to catch the people. If any of these situations were to occur then I believe a police officer would be there to stop it. This could be helpful on stopping something small to turning into something that could cause jail time. A couple reason s why I think crimes in Coppell are scarce are because most people I know have a good home life and belong to a church. This is a middle class town and not many people face the hardships others have to. Plus being raised and having faith in a religion that discourages violence can destroy the ideas of doing anything related to that in the first place. Violent crimes have decreased and I hope they continue to, not just in Coppell but around the country.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    Everyday I see cop cars. That is true. But, as shown in the graphs, I believe that it isn’t enough. I think taking what Michael Bloomberg has done to the city has made it a safer place. I used to live in the city, and that law did spark controversy, but the crime did decrease 60% as said in the article. That made the city a much safer place. I am not saying to enforce that into our city, but find another program that would work best for our community and other communities. In my community crime is going up. The cop cars patrolling the city’s can help so much. I believe that our community has low crime averages to other communities similar to us, but in other communities it might not be going up as much or up at all. Our community is going up and we are going to have to find a program that works best for us, but we are going have to protect ourselves. It isn’t about our community being ‘nice’ or ‘rich’ or anything like that. I believe that we have to hit it directly at the source.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      This is the screenshots for my evidence.

  • David_N_2

    The crime rate in Coppell, Texas is very unstable. It is like a bipolar elevator, unable to decide a definite direction to head in. The images I’ve provided shows that both violent and property crime is very varied. I believe that some common factors that give us the result of crime we have are police enforcement, the degree of consequence, and the people around us. How much police enforce the law plays a very big part in the crime rate. If the police were to strict about violation of the law, then there will be less crime because the criminals will be punished. This leads to degree of consequence. The people who commit the crime needs to be punished based off how heavy the crime is, or they will continue to commit the crime knowing that they will be let off. Lastly, the crime rates, obviously, can be a result of being around the “wrong crowd”. Growing up with the wrong ideas and bad influence could lead to future crime. Gary McArthy stated a very true statement: “400 murders is nothing to celebrate, let’s be clear, but the fact is: progress is being made.” Of course crime should never be acceptable, but the fact that it is slowly decreasing in rates is quite a great change. Overall, I believe that crimes rates is going down, not necessarily in certain specific areas, and it’s a thanks to those who enforce righteousness.

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    Crime is going to always be here and all we can do is reduce the occurrences that happen. Many things have improved compared to the year 1980 where there was a large amount of crime happening. Around the 1980s you could find a PC, but these computers were very slow. The apple II introduced in 1977 had a processor running at 1 MHz. Which is a crawling speed compared to modern computers now which go up to 1 GHz- a thousand times faster than the apple II. By using improved technology like computers and cameras people are more afraid of doing crime compared to the 1980s. Also since more people are going into jail there are less people doing crime out on the streets. The “broken window” theory posited by social scientist James Q. Wilson in 1982 helps identify key things that we need to fix to reduce crime. The theory says that run-down and vandalized areas were more prone to serious crime than were areas kept in better order, so by keeping things clean we can avoid crime. Thats why I think my community (Coppell) has a low crime rate. It’s clean and friendly with law enforcers everywhere. In conclusion crime rates have dropped because of the new and improved technology and the way we maintain our cities.

    Sources:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2012/0109/US-crime-rate-at-lowest-point-in-decades.-Why-America-is-safer-now

    http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/other-gadgets/80s-tech.htm#page=1

    http://wondersmith.com/rants/howfar.htm

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      another meme

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    I believe that poverty has a very large correlation to crime. When people don’t have anything, they typically don’t have anything to lose. Look at the pictures. One is most if not all of Coppell, TX and the other is part of Irving, TX On the Coppell map the big red dot is a location marker. Every colored dot or colored rectangle (except the big red one with the crosshair) represents a different recent crime. The area alone in Irving has a much, much higher poverty percentage than all of Coppell. Most areas of Coppell barely pass 1% whereas all of the areas in the Irving area pass 10%. Is there less crime in my community? Well, it’s a toss up. No one can predict human behavior, but according to the graphs, Coppell crime goes down then up then down again. It’s random.

    Sources: http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Irving-Texas.html
    http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Coppell-Texas.html
    http://www.raidsonline.com/

  • Christian H.

    2ndBoydbence

    When looking at the decreasing crime rates of larger cities compared to others I think it is caused by some factors that aren’t as apparent, like “Crime rates in L.A. and elsewhere are comprised of so many different
    factors,” Kubrin said. “There’s realignment, and our incarceration
    policies – those things play a role. So do things like poverty,
    inequality, the housing market, foreclosures, all of that.”Factors that we see everyday and acknowledge but don’t really think about. Incarceration laws can intimidate people but needs and instinct also. But this decrease is mainly caused due to changing times with all this new technology and abilities brought to light crime is harder, DNA testing is advancing, there are new ways of DNA retrieval, new laws, organization and communication is advancing, were applying technology and advancement everywhere we can. Police availability and town economics are going up. “they’re using technology crime paterns to find hot spots”James Alan.
    These factors are also affecting us locally. Crime rate in Coppell is also going down. Since 1999 crime has been fluctuating up and down but it’s leading in a more positive direction. “The drop in the 90s was driven by aggressive policing and the fading
    of the crack market,” Pepperdine University Criminologist Alfred
    Blumstein
    “Major police departments now keep crime analysts on staff. At LAPD,
    station captains are tethered to their phones and iPads, which
    constantly update them on crime trends, allowing them to rapidly respond
    to upticks in a particular area with extra patrols.” Times are changing and it’s going down a better path in many ways, and crime is just one of them.

    Sources:
    http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/12/31/41291/five-explanations-for-the-great-crime-decline-in-l/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HhPWVlDTJc&feature=youtu.be
    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Coppell-Texas.html

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    I live in a city near Dallas, Texas called Coppell. Over the past ten years, (see charts below) the rates for property crime is going down. But the rates for violent crime is slowly going up. And even though the numbers for violent crime are far below those of the state and the nation, Coppell still registers on the graph. Violent crime includes aggravated assault (most common), robbery (second most common), forcible rape (third most common), and murder/manslaughter (least common). To see that these numbers are going up is alarming, and this is happening in other places aside from my local area. The attached link holds a written and audio form of a slam poem I wrote for this topic that also helps to show my standing. But overall, I can say that the crime rate for my city is not on a decline, and I strongly feel that it needs to be. If the crime rate in Coppell (which is a lot closer to zero than a lot of other major cities), than I don’t have high hopes for them. We could use the “stop and frisk method,” but that creates an even larger inconvenience for the people who are trying to live their life normally. Even though the rates are dropping, bad things still happen and I believe that there is a faster and more effective way to putting it to a halt.

    Coppell crime rates: http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/texas/coppell.html#.UvJ5C0JdUp-

    Poem: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dVuWYs0uPLMDKhxWa3FX-vKxUamXwraHrDWMj6ECHfc/edit?usp=sharing

    Youtube link about urban violence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFyuvBf_9wo

  • Juan Gonzalez

    Some cities have low crime because they did a good job at taking care of it. These crimes are mostly done by gang members. In my community crime has kind of gotten lower. All this crime is gonna start sooner or later.

  • Arielle Horan

    Some cities have been more successful than other because of the strategy of the police and because of the community. Where I live there hasn’t been much of a change of crime rate in our community.

  • Alex M

    I live in a city of an average crime rate, with most forms of crime either going slightly down or staying about the same.
    All forms of crime have had a general downward trend in recent years, which is a good sign for my community.
    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Salt-Lake-City-Utah.html

  • Clarissa Bieber

    -I Think That Other Cities Are Having Violence Reduced Because Police Are Being More Aggressive With Crimes And Because They Are Using Modern Technology . Police Are Using More Modern Technology

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Clarissa Beiber I agree with you that the police man now a days our using more modern day technology. Just the other day I was watching the news and it was talking about how cop cars have changed the style to make them look just like regular cars just with hidden lights and the word police on the side is made to wear you can see it in the light.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Clarissa Bieber,
      I agree that other cities that have lower crime rates now are because of the new advance technology that the police are using now. Usually cities that have the money to afford new technology don’t have as high crime rates as other cities. Here’s an article about how the police are using new technology to help with combat crime: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/police-using-new-technology-help-combat-crime-1025.shtml

  • Maliha M

    Personally in my own home town, in Utah, crime has for sure died down. Speaking from a general perspective, that includes our nation. I see a huge rise in crime. Robberies and other crimes have and always will unfortunately apparent in our society. But I can remember a time when a school shooting and a man dressed as the joker in a viewing of batman, releasing fire, was a crazy nightmare. But think about it…. how many shootings nationwide have occurred, in the past nine months? SIX. there is obviously something we are doing wrong. So to answer this question, no, crime has not decreased in this nation. For reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/mass-shootings-us_n_3935978.html

  • Hoenus Cosca

    Some of the cities in this country have a low crime rate because they actually care about what’s happening in their neighborhood. It’s all because all the police officers and the neighborhood watch and all those things. I honestly feel that the crime rate has raised where I live

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Hoenus Cosca I agree with you that in some places the crime rate may be really low because people actually care about the safety of there family and the people around them. These people actually take the time to prevent crimes in their city. In my opinion crime rate where I live is low but it seems to still be growing.

    • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

      I dont agree with you on your statement of some cites have low crime rates because they care i think that some cities have lower crime rates because the average household can pay higher taxes in some cities therefore letting the city hire more officers

  • Maria Fajardo

    Some cities have been more successful than other, because unlike some cities, cops are actually doing their jobs. Some cities have reduced violent crime because some people really care whats going on in their neighborhood.

    • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

      i agree with you on the fact that some cities have cops that do a better job but i don’t think its because they care i think its because they have more money to pay for more cops

  • Jae Hun

    Crime will not stop unless we hire way more cops than we have right now. Even though the number of cops increase, people who do illegal stuffs will continue to do it. If doing illegal thing is how they make money, they will find new ways to deal it without being caught. I feel like as we get more in to, they will find smarter way to get out of it.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Jae hun I agree with you that even if we were to increase the number of police man around the U.S there would still be crimes being committed . What really needs to happen is that we need to crack down on all the violence that is happening throughout the U.S.

  • Nikki J.

    Local economic conditions and better police strategies are a reason why crime rates have gone down. When a city has more money, they have more resources to supply police. There are more police so there are more opportunities for better policing strategies. Money is a big factor in less crime rates in cities. Affluent people have less reason for crime because they live comfortably. My city is relatively middle class and is doing well. Because of this, there is less crime. In areas of low income however, crime is more prevalent because people don’t have a means of surviving normally so they must take extreme measures to get money or food.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584491/What-explains-falling-crime-rates.html?pg=all

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Nikki,
      I agree with you, better economic conditions and better policing strategies are major reasons why crime rates have gone down. But, another major reason is technology. Technology has improved response times and the ways that we protect ourselves (alarm systems,etc.). I think that if we try to improve these concepts in the lower income areas then the over all crime rate for our country will change drastically.

  • Francesca Botto

    Although I see cop cars everyday and hear sirens vroom by. I don’t think where I live is very dangerous. In fact, in doing research I’ve discovered that I’m right. It seems that rapes and murders have gone down over the years. In a more specific sense, my personal community is rather safe. I live in the upper avenues and it’s been considered a safe place for years. Yes, there have been robberies and the occasional “bigger” crime. But overall, there hasn’t been a rise or a decrease.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      In your community it might be safer but in others its not. Not everyone is privileged enough to live in a safe area. Not everyone has the money to live in a safe area. Most people grow up in ghetto areas that need better safety. So what do you think makes your community more safe than others?

  • Bianca Mendez

    I think that smaller communities tend to have less crime and big communities have lots of crimes. Some people are even scared to go outside their house because of crime. The polices in some cities really care but other polices in other cities don’t really care.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that smaller communities have less crime- most likely due to being close-knit- but I don’t think it’s because the police in larger communities ‘don’t care’. It may be due to ‘predative policing’- using police resources inareas with higher crime, for example using more police fleet in south dallas rather than in dfw.

      • Kshitij_K_Period2

        I agree that smaller communities have lower crime rate. The cause of urban violence is most likely due to everyday life problems that can make out emotions run wild. In a small community people know when some is in a bad situation and we know what to do. But in a community with 100,000 people or more, you don’t know what someone might be going through. It is proven, if someone is having a problem and their emotions start controlling their actions, it can lead to them doing things that they find might be the only way out, and a lot of times to get out of that situation is murder or something along that line.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you Bianca Mendez, because smaller communities have a less crime rate compared to bigger cities. This is because everybody knows you and your family and friends can correct you when you go astray a little, but i’m a little surprised at the crime rates because someone could easily come and shoot someone and escape before law enforcement people arrive. Like for example if you call 911 it could take around 20 minutes for a police officer to get there according to this article: http://siouxfallsbusinessjournal.argusleader.com/article/20131030/NEWS/310300030/Keeping-peace-Smaller-towns-less-crime-fewer-officers-respond
      , but overall there is a low crime rate in smaller communities.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Bianca,

      I agree, smaller communities do have a significantly lower crime rates. This could be due to a couple things. One of them being that with less people the police force is able to keep a closer eye on things where as in a larger city there is more to be done and more things to take care of meaning some crimes unfortuntatly go unnoticed. As this article suggests because there is more valuable stuff to steal in bigger cities more robbery happens. (http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/01/are-big-cities-more-dangerous-small-ones). Another idea in the article is that it is easier to be anonymous in larger cities where not everyone knows you unlike in smaller cities.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. It’s easier for bigger communities to have more crimes because the larger communities tend to have large companies in them. If they have large companies, they tend to get robbed more often then the smaller companies. That is why the smaller communities have smaller crime rates than the larger communities.

      • Kshitij_K_Period2

        I agree with you riley. The cities tend to have more places with a lot of money involved. That money can attract a lot of people. I disagree that the police don’t care. Police can do whats in their hands. But police always cares.

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes smaller communities have less crime than bigger communities. I live in a smaller city and the crime here is not a big problem.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree with Bianca. Since the city that I live in is a small town so the crime that goes on in my particular city was never really high. Since there is a smaller amount of people, the police can have a better eye on all of the crime going on. But I do believe that the amount of crime has definitely gone down.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      Yes….I guess I could agree with you because the most high crime place in the U.S is New York. New York has street crime everyday anytime you want and its true.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you Bianca on the fact that big cities tend to have a higher rate in crime then smaller areas. I also agree with the fact that some areas will get more attention from the police than other. I believe the reasoning behind that is because they get more crime in bigger areas.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I believe that all policemen care about people but violence is something that is very dangerous and hard to control.I also believe that they are trying very hard to come up with better strategies to end this. Here is a link to prove that they are forming better strategies.I hope this is helpful

      http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2147723-2,00.html

    • Gian_S_Period2

      I agree, Bianca. It’s shown that smaller cities tend to have less crime than big cities. I live in a generally small city and there aren’t a lot of violent crimes going on because the police are able to monitor the area, rather than a larger city, which is much more difficult to monitor.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you, Bianca. I live in smaller city but I knew a woman who was murdered here just a few years ago. My family has had our property vandalized, I know of a family who had a little boy abducted right outside of our own community. But you probably didn’t hear about that. When violence happens in a small town people don’t hear about it. I live in Dallas county, so let’s say someone was murdered or raped on a street in the city of Dallas. I’m sure more people would hear about it. I think the ratio of people and crime is even. It just depends on who’s reporting what and where they are.

      • 18kgoe

        I completely agree!! I live in a very small town. No one knows what really happens here because it is so small! A boy was abducted just up the street (he was found, luckily) and one of my friends got jumped coming home from school! A lot of the students in my town have gotten robbed and their homes have been vandalised. Completely agree!

    • taylors_4boydbence

      i agree because i think that in smaller towns tend to have people that know people. it also depends what city you live in … like here coppell is not that bad but if u go to oak cliff then the crime is worse…it depends on what area it is … how good the schools are, what kind of people move their they are all factors…

    • AlEnA.Xu

      I agree, because crime in a small city is easier to control than big cities.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I disagree because there are not many people scared to go outside. maybe when it’s dark ,but that is mostly everyone. And i’m pretty sure that almost 100% of policmen care about their community.

    • SpencerH_4

      yea I don’t agree with you but then I do agree with you i don’t agree that people cant go outside there house??? it honestly depends on where you are like yea in south dallas people might be a little nervous to leave but they will. And im also sure 99.99% of police officers care thats why there are a police officer or they would be on the other side…

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Bianca, I sort of agree with you. Yes, there is a difference in the occurrence of crimes based on the size of the city, but I do think that all police departments care about their citizens – It’s just a matter of the available squad members who can patrol the city and keep the people safe.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree do to the fact that it is easier for police to keep an eye on smaller cities then larger ones.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. Smaller cities don’t have as much crime as bigger cities do; population wise. If a city has a large population there is definitely a lot more crime than a city with very few people.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      i agree that their is less crime but the crime that happen is more impacting because it a smaller town more people know each other so while their is more it still important to have crime rate go down even in small towns

    • BrentL-1BoydBence

      I agree, it just makes sense for smaller communities to have less crime. The police have less people to worry about. In a larger community you can never catch all of the crime because the police is just so outnumbered compared to the people.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you completely. I believe that the big cities have more people, and more rich people tend to live there. So, that means more burglars tend to move in on them. But, in some small communities, lets say Oak Park. That community has the second lowest crime rate in America. That would mean that the less rich people would live their, not really attracting burglars.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree that smaller cities usually have lower crime rates. I think that the police in all cities care though, they just don’t have good tactics for going about and preventing violent crimes.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree that smaller communities have less crime and that larger communities have more. I don’t agree that people are scared to leave their own house. There are communities that are a little sketchy. I don’t think that would stop anyone from leaving there own house. Crime is a very big deal and a lot of communities care about it, some just try more than others

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      While I agree with the fact that smaller communities have less crime I disagree that the police just ‘don’t care’. They took an oath to protect people who are unable to protect themselves. They just need to have a better strategy when it comes to policing. For example in Chicago their new strategies have brought their homicides to an all time low that they haven’t reached since the 70. Source:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chicago-police-credit-new-tactics-for-drop-in-homicides/

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Bianca Mendez, I completely agree with what you have to say in your comment. I do agree that smaller cities tend to have smaller crime rates and bigger cities have high crime rates. I think that the reason for this is because higher income people tend to live in big cities and this attracts robbers to go rob them. More conservative and not as wealthy people tend to live in smaller cities and robbers are not as motivated to rob them.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that many smaller communities have a lower crime rate than bigger cities. However, I believe that police are there to serve. They become police officers because they want to protect people and keep their communities safe. They don’t risk their lives for something they don’t care about. Police and their new tactics are the main reason crime rates are dropping.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      Bianca Mendez

      I don’t completely agree with you I think crime happens depending on the economic situation. I live in coppell Tx, and yes there not a lot of crime happening. But I have also lived and oak-Cliff another small city in Dallas/DFW area.There was way more violent crime in coppell then oak-Cliff.

      • Claire S 2

        Wow! I’m actually surprised at these stats! I didn’t expect Coppell to have higher violent crime rates than other Texas counties. They don’t really seem to talk about it much. Or maybe I just don’t watch enough of the news.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree that smaller cities usually have lower crime rates.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. Smaller communities have less crime than larger ones because more people know each other and there’s less suspects for a crime. The police get notified earlier and are able to arrive sooner because they don’t have to travel as far to get there. In larger communities there’s more really poor areas with poor people so more crimes are committed.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      A lot of my cousins live in fairly small towns and communities. It is true that some smaller communities tend to have less crime rates but it could also mean that it’s easier to get away with things too because they just don’t know how to go about the situation. My cousin that lives in a small town said that teens their age can really easily get away with stealing in his town and stuff live that. He’s even seen them do stuff like that but doesn’t partake in what they are doing.

    • Rosa Chea

      I agree with you, Bianca. I assume that small communities have less crime because they are less criminal. Big communities have more crimes because they have more people who live there and there would be burglars who would break into someone’s house to steal their stuff. I believe that some police care and some don’t in the cities.

  • Suhayb Abdi

    I think the crimes in my community has dropped. Most of the crimes are usually by gang members. Small cities don’t have a big crime rate. Some cities are doing a good job in keeping the crime rate low.

  • George Binda

    Cities have been free from crime because they did a good job of making sure nothing bad is going on. In my community crime has lowered a little bit you haven’t heard of any killing or robbery lately but it gonna come and go.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with that crime has dropped in cities. I think the reason is that we have so much new technology that helps up prevent things like robberies and murders. There are so many things to help catch people who try to murder someone and try to get away from it. Thats one of the reasons because now its really hard to get away with murders and robberies.

      • Lindsay Tong

        I agree as well; crime has been decreasing in cities. People have been more conscious of crimes because of the policies and consequences being made. My community as well haven’t been experiencing any drastic murders or robberies lately.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you and one thing I think helped reduce the amount of crime is putting all of the people related to crime in jail. Most of the people who had been caught doing a crime would have gone to jail, so that means that there are less people in your community doing crime. Also people are more aware that they can’t get away with things easily. For instance bank’s now have more security compered to in the 1980’s where crime was high. When people are aware that they can’t get away with doing it they don’t even think about it, but there’s going to always be people who won’t change. At least in my city there’s a lot of security and everything’s clean to prevent crime from happening.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I disagree that that there is no crime in communities. If you have ever seen the news, you would know that there are shootings in communities all the time. I agree that the police have improved on stopping the crimes, but crime has not stopped completely yet. Just the other day, I witnessed someone get arrested at Market Street. He got arrested for robbing the gas station store. So, I think that the police is improving on stopping crime, but crime hasn’t stopped completely.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree with you crime will not disappear completely it will come and go and there is nothing we can do about that. But the efforts put into safety from the citizens of a community or the police even kids will help things get way better here in Coppell people do lots of things to ensure the safety of the people living here.

      • Claire S 2

        I agree with you! Crime will always be present, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make things better with police and other positions and things to ensure safety.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I disagree, no city is free of crime. It is true that cops do their job, and some do it well, it still doesn’t change the fact that crime still happens. Ever heard the expression “evil never rests” or something like that? It’s true. If you watch the news, which I doubt you do, there are shootings, murders, and other crimes happening all over the U.S. and even other countries.

      • CarlosR_3BoydBence

        I’m specifically replying to your meme there. I think criminals are getting smarter and I think that the police will adapt to it. And the more “smart” crimes are committed the more criminals will end up unwanted.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I disagree with you George. Just because maybe you might not witness crimes, does not mean they are not happening. Maybe your community may have a low crime rate, but that doesn’t mean your community is crime free. I doubt anyone’s community is crime free. Maybe policies have stepped up and handles crime and your community’s crime rate is lowering but i’m sure there is still crime going on.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      George I agree, but the only way crime would lower were to be a better police department in your city or more police departments in your city.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. To make the area safe there should be cops in areas where there is high activity on where a crime has been committed.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      i agree with you because i believe that crime should end throughout the world, and the high activity of cops around the cites are keeping people from letting crime happen.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      There is no possible way to totally shut down crime but the police are doing a great job to keep more and more cities safer and less full of crime.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I do not agree at all. Their is no city that nothing goes wrong. In the late 90s New York had all time lows but it waen’t because there was a lack of crime it was that the law enforcement was being bribed. I am not trying to say that people in your community are bribing the police core but im trying to point out that even though the numbers may be down it isn’t nothing.

    • taylors_4boydbence

      i disagree you can’t stop crime all together its pretty much impossible.. unless you took laws away then there would be no laws to break so no crime… but we can’t do that so there is still crime. crime isn’t gunna happen everyday all day it may only happen once a week maybe even once a month but truth is its gunna happen…

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I disagree, i think that just like you, people believe that crime is just killing or robbery, but its not. Crime is any wrong doing, or law breaking of any kind. This supports the fact that you can not solely represent your statistics on those two crimes when there are so many more. This also means that the theory of population and wealthiness may still tie into the crime rate.

    • Guest

      I agree with you George Binda that our cities are doing a good job of preventing crimes. If you look at the pic below it shows there less crime rates going on.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you George Binda that our cities are doing a good job of
      preventing crimes. If you look at the picture below it shows there less
      crime rates going on.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      There is no possible way to totally shut down crime but the police are doing a great job to keep more and more cities safer and less full of crime. As you can see crime is decreasing.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I disagree with you, there are more to crimes than just robbery and killing. Also, lost of the stuff that happens doesn’t get reported on the news, so you don’t hear all of everything.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I’d have to disagree with you, the rate of crime doesn’t change because people change it wether or not they can get away with it.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      It is a good thing that crime in your community has lowered, but look at the country, or your state. But, I do not think that crime is something that comes and goes.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you, urban violence is everywhere and doesn’t have to be a major action to be a crime. It can be something as little as littering, but I think the focus of the article is towards theft, harm, and homicide. So you can’t determine crime has gone down without evidence. Although urban violence has one down due to more people wanting to live in a safer world and have others be safe, but it is still everywhere. And that is why I disagree with you.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      George, I disagree with you. Cities have not been free from crime – not at all. However, crime rates have vastly reduced within the decade. Look at this chart of the county In which I live.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Crime isn’t just about murder or anything big like that. A crime could simply be stealing a candy bar from the local gas station.
      But I can relate to the statement that the crime is lower in my community. There was never big crime in my city, But like the article had stated, the crime rates have lowered greatly all across the U.S.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      It’s good to hear that your community is doing well, but I don’t think its been because they made sure nothing bad is going on. I think its probably because people don’t need to because maybe they have higher incomes so they don’t have to rob people.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with you. People can prevent crime all they want, but it won’t stop. It’s something you can’t stop, you can try and prevent it all you want but it will still be there. Even though you haven’t heard about it, doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      George Binda, I agree 100% with you on this. My city has a very low crime rate as well because the police and authorities do a fantastic job of keeping the citizens in my community safe and make sure nothing bad goes on. There are still some minor bad things that might occur, but it is not a big deal because they rarely do happen.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I disagree, I don’t think cities have been free from crime and I don’t think they ever will be. I understand that crime rates have lowered and I hope they continue to decrease, like in L. A. they have had ” 11 years of plummeting crime rates, the lowest overall since 1949.” ( found on http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-crime-rate-drop-los-angeles-four-theories-20140114,0,7764945.story#ixzz2sgP6yW1d ) Also I live in a fairly safe town. The crime rates in my community are very low compared to our state but if you look at our violent crime rate, it has actually risen. I would have never guessed this if I hadn’t saw these statistics because I feel safe where I live. I believe that crime rates are low because we have police all over our city all the time, and maybe the crime rates have risen because we all got a little too comfortable. I think staying on top of new policing tactics is key to keeping crime rates low.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I disagree. Crime is a lot more than robbing and killing. It’s a way of thinking too. cities aren’t free of crime. People that watch the news and stay up to date about things that’re going on would know that crime is still very much alive and that it happens every day. No city is ever completely free from crime, all you can do is reduce crime you can’t completely eliminate it. As long as people seek a easier to get by then crime will be prevalent in daily life.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      Cities have been seeing less crime in cities but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any crime going on at all. In an article that I read it stated that only 35% of crimes are actually reported to the police. I think that there is always going to be crime in any city you go to no matter how good of police officers you have.

  • Cecilia Yu

    Most Cities have some low crime scenes because they’re successful than other cities. I’m sure that most crimes are done by the bad people who don’t follow the rules and sometimes don’t listen. So far, right now, my community has gone lower.

    • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

      I think that smaller cities have lower crime rates due to the small population but in my town of Coppell Tx we have a fairly large and growing community and according to this graph the crime rates in coppell are possibly going up due to the fact that coppell is growing

  • Gaby

    I live in a city named Vallejo in the state of California. In my opinion, some cities have decreased in crime by the increase of technology. I think technology places a part of this. Throughout the years, lots of peoples have invented many burglar alarms and things such as that. With those kinds of protection going around, I think it sort of helped out the community by having crimes reduce little by little.

    So far, I don’t know if there was a change in our community

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I agree but i believe it’s for a different reason then just burglar alarms. I believe it is more the advancement in mobil tech. This being anything from I-phones to camera’s. The infinite possibility’s that people have to get what they see into the world is crazy. But as you said little by little is the way it needs to be done.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree but these crimes are still being committed there fore in some cases it getting worse in terms of crime rates.
      https://soundcloud.com/jacgonz/run-jacob-gonzales-urban

  • Rodolfo Villalobos

    Crime has never stopped it has always been around to see that crime has been coming down seems good. People sometimes even scared to go outside of their house because all the shooting and deaths. Police are always fitting to stop all the shooting and death but some time is too much and no matter what they do there always there is going to be more violence. Vallejo was dangerous last year it was very crazy almost every night you heard gun shots and polices, ambulance, and firefighters. many thing have happened around the world people have died and its good to here that the crime has gone down.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you people are scared and that it has gotten better but why do you think crime has decreased? I think that more surveillance has decreased a lot So I was wondering since you say that crime has gotten better in your area is there better surveillance or what has made your area better?

  • Caroline P

    My community of the upper Avenues, located in Salt Lake City, Utah has always been considerably safe and is said to be about 80% safer than any of the neighborhoods in Salt Lake. Although this is a statistic that makes Avenues residents feel secure, that is not to say that there is no crime in the Aves. Of every 100,000 people, 2,949 people experience crime in the greater Avenues. In comparison to more at risk areas, such as Glendale or Rose Park, the Avenues is safer. Rose Park and Glendale, two of Salt Lake’s neighborhoods, both have fairly poor reputations crime wise. Monthly, the Salt Lake Police Department releases a crime report for this area, and according to the report, crime rate is decreasing, and is actually below average in comparison to the Salt Lake Valley. The Salt Lake Police Department is aggressively pursuing these crime ridden areas and making them safer places, according to the statistics.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      My city Coppell faces similar attributes as yours. Like Salt Lake City, our crime rate is quite low. It is the cities around us that actually have a higher crime rate. Out police department works hard to keep the crime rate down. Now, do I think crime will ever be completely over? Sadly no. Crime continues to decrease around the country, but not fast enough. Too many violent crimes are being committed. I hope that one day crime rates across the country will be as low and even lower than the ones in our hometowns.

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  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    I haven’t experienced crime in any of the places in which I’ve lived, and Texas is not an exception. Although some graphs show that crime still exists in this state, they also show that it’s decreasing, which is good. For specific numbers, check the graph at the end of this paragraph. In my opinion, this goes back to the fact that Coppell is a small city. This means that it’s easier to secure by the police because there is less area to cover and allows them to enforce the law. Although I have not experienced many crimes I know other places in this world has. The residents in these places experience crime because of their economy or because they’re very large. This affects security because then the police have to cover larger areas.

  • Lily Cummins

    wow Lily you’re right

  • Martin Nunez

    Crime has never stopped it has always been around to see that crime has
    been coming down seems good. People sometimes even scared to go outside
    of their house because all the shooting and deaths. Police are always
    fitting to stop all the shooting and death but some time is too much and
    no matter what they do there always there is going to be more violence.
    Vallejo was dangerous last year it was very crazy almost every night
    you heard gun shots and polices, ambulance, and firefighters. many thing
    have happened around the world people have died and its good to here
    that the crime has gone down

    • Gian_S_Period2

      You bring up solid points. There will always be violence, but people and the police department are doing their best to help stop crime around the world. Violence and cruelty go together, and there will still be people around the world who insist that violence is the only answer. Some cities are doing their best to eradicate violence, and you can see the crime rate in those cities slowly decreasing with each year.

      See article about New York & Chicago’s crime rate slowly decline:
      http://nation.time.com/2014/01/02/murders-in-u-s-cities-again-at-record-lows/

  • alyana

    1.) Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others
    in reducing violent crime? Because in some places people aren’t as persistent on keeping violence as other places.

    2.) Is it a result of certain policing
    strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and
    social services, or other less obvious factors? It could be other less obvious factors. Or it can be bad governing.

    3.) Has there been a change
    in the crime rate in your community? Yes, the crime rates have gone up.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with you on the first two. It can depend on how the area is and if its a good or bad neighborhood.

    • Kshitij_K_Period2

      I agree that with economic conditions. When you don’t get enough money, desperation gets the better of you and you, and it can lead into robbing and murdering for money.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree with you on all of these questions. I live in a rather small town and it seems like everyone knows everyone in someway. The crime rates have gone up a bit in our town since 2011. Yes, we have police officers who do a decent job, we have a fairly good local economy, but there has to be other factors. Why would the crime rate go up if everything in this town seems to be well? Personally, I believe that if we truly search for the answer to this question, we would find it. However, most citizens of this nation would rather look the other direction than put forth the effort to reduce crime rates.

  • oscar

    Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others
    in reducing violent crime?maybe the people just got tired. Is it a result of certain policing
    strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and
    social services, or other less obvious factors? maybe its because the tactic they have been using and they git scared and they got scared and stopped. Has there been a change
    in the crime rate in your community? t dont think so because its been the same.

  • Juan Alvarado

    Other American cities are so much successful on decreasing crime because they have better security than other cities. The result of reducing crime comes from some police strategies and also great social services. In my community there has been a change in the crime rate i feel more safer than before.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, Juan. It’s important to have a motivated police force and people working towards safety for everyone in the city.

  • SEATTLE_SEAHAWKS!!

    Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others
    in reducing violent crime? Is it a result of certain policing
    strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and
    social services, or other less obvious factors? Has there been a change
    in the crime rate in your community?

    Crime rates in the United States have dropped significantly in the
    last two decades, especially in many urban areas where they are often
    the highest. Violent crime rates, in particular, have gone way down in
    many large cities around the country.
    Take New York City, for instance, which in the last two decades has
    experienced one of the largest drops in violent crime of any major city
    in the country. The overall crime rate, including non-violent property
    crimes, has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1995. Former Mayor
    Michael Bloomberg and his chief of police partly credited this steady
    decrease in recent years to the widespread deployment of a controversial
    policing program known as “stop-and-frisk,” in which police officers
    each year questioned hundreds of thousands of pedestrians they perceived
    to be acting suspiciously, and then often frisked them for weapons and
    other contraband. The controversial policy was recently declared
    unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it indirectly encouraged
    racial profiling and violated the civil liberties of suspects..

    The Crime rate has gone down even in the biggest most threatening cities in the United States. The more the crime rate drops the more people feel safe about each other. They also can be safe when they move To another city.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      I like that last point a lot, the one about the crime rate making people feel safer about a place? However, what about older techniques for crime rate? 1995 isn’t that far away from now. How did they help stop it then? What made that one frisking technique so good? What about the people in the populous that can’t afford to move? How can we keep them safe? Stop and Frisk, which was just ruled out by the jury? What about cities like Long Beach, in a notably less conservative state where police copters flew over your house half the time? (By the way, I love your detail, very nice to see someone else that writes long comments for these!)

  • Jacqueline Santizo

    Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others
    in reducing violent crime? A: Other American cities have been more successful because they have more police men around controlling the city.Q: Is it a result of certain policing
    strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and
    social services, or other less obvious factors?A: Yes it is the police strategies. Q: Has there been a change
    in the crime rate in your community? A: Yes there has. I think that this place got more dangerous

  • Christian Harris

    I think some American cities have been more successful in reducing crime violence because some cities are more safe than others. Also because some cities have more security, police, and maybe more people just got tired of all the crime.

  • Arielle Adriano

    I think American cities have been more successful than others in reducing violent crimes because of many reasons. It can be from the new technology to just the people in general that make the crimes reduce. High tech devices like an alarm can ensure more protection. Also, it depends on the people in your community. Some people may be crazy and out of control, and some may by calm and sane. I honestly don’t know if there has been a change in the crime rate in my community.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Agreed. Attitude is a factor, and with new tech comes new opportunity for better security. The people do matter, but what about the people in the communities with a lot of crime, a lot of hate? Why can’t things change? As for crime in your community, try and look it up. Find old police reports that have been made public. The information’s not that hard to find!

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree. I think that most of the crime rate has to do with alarms on houses and technology and now that more people have alarms for their houses I think that it is stoping people from trying to break in.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree, technology has insured more safety than before, and it is helpful so we are more alert. But america still has dangerously high crime rates and we still al need to be careful because we never know if something unexpected can happen.

    • Gian_S_Period2

      That is true, technology has greatly benefited the police and people around the nation. Although people still have alarm systems or guard dogs, crime is still likely to happen to them. I think everyone should still be on the lookout and think that even if they have an alarm system on their house or car, it’s still not safe. Like I said, crime can happen day or night, anytime, anyplace.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      Yes..they have because technology has greatly benefited the police and people around the nation. Although people still have alarm systems or guard dogs, crime is still likely to happen to them.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, Technology has protected us in many situations like when you forget to lock a door in your house, many security companies have made it possible to be able to lock your entire house with just the click of a button on your phone.

  • Kaililia Barbon

    I honestly think this is true bs because whenever I turn on the news they always talk about murders that happen around these schools. I think it’s just absurd the way these parents can’t trust the safety around some school’s environments. Sad… To be honest, I think the violent crime is increasing. THE VIOLENCE NEEDS TO STOP!

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      Would u think something like this fits?

      • Kaililia Barbon

        That is totally irrelevant tbh…

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree it is sad that such things are happing around schools but people are trying to help to stop this violence.I found this article that says “This is what we have to think about.What are some programs and services we can provide? And what can we as mayors, in a more unified effort, do to change things? More and more mayors are getting involved in trying to address the cycle of violence in cities across the country.”

      Read more: How the U.S. Can Stop Urban Violence – TIME http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2147723,00.html#ixzz2sZIkSGY5

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Kaililia Barbon,
      I agree with you a lot on this. It’s upsetting to watch the news and see all of this violence in schools and neighborhoods. The violence at schools are increasing and it needs to stop. I think maybe if there were policemen or security to prevent violence. At my school we have a police officer there everyday. I also wrote a slam poem about urban violence explaining the topic. https://soundcloud.com/iventura/watch-your-back

  • Mary Elizabeth Manzano

    Some American cities are more successful than others because some cities are actually working to make their city a better, less crime city. I think it is the better police strategies that are helping decrease violent crimes. Also, I think the city reflects to the community and the economy because if the community and the economy isn’t so great then there is no way that the city can get any better and decrease the crime rate.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with you because some cities are working harder to make their cities a better and safer place. But there are some cities working to make the cities better at other stuff like a better business city or a greener city or even just trying to get bigger. There are a bunch of things that every city needs to work on just some are working on being safer. This really what the city thrives around or what the city makes its money around like if it is residential or business or agriculture. It just depends on what the whole city in about.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Mary,

      I certainly agree, Areas that have police forces activily working with new stratigies are less likely to have as much crime as those who don’t. People that are passionate about their jobs are more likely to do better than those who aren’t. (http://www.westminstercollege.edu/myriad/index.cfm?parent=2514&detail=4475&content=4798) Because of this I think it is really important to employ enthusiastic and motivated police men and women to help further reduce crime.

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree with what you are saying. With better police the crime rates might go down but i don’t think it will stop. Even with great police it wont stop everyone from committing a crime.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      i agree with you and i think evey city should strive to make their crime rates go down because it a problem i think that can be solved

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, the city will greatly affect how the crime rate in many ways. If the city is well built, clean, and nice people then the people will find no reason to cause harm.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      Mary, I agree with you %100. LAw enforcement is essential to decrease the crime rates. THese incidents do also depended on the decision made my the town hall or where the major decisions are made. Most cases you could have people with disagreements and then therefore cause higher crime rates.

  • David Diemecke

    I believe that law enforcement is doing a better job and its probably decreasing crime but it also could be that people doing the crime may be just doing it in a smarter way and not getting caught so much.

  • Josh Ocampo

    I think American cities are doing better and are successfully handling the crime going on in the city probably because of the way the they handle things now. Everything is improving and that’s a good sign. In my community, I’ve only heard of a few crimes, but that was back then. There are barely any crimes going on that I hear of.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      All of this is right to me. Police are trying a lot harder to make their cities a better place, and so are the people living in it. It all comes down to how hard people try to keep it a nice place.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, we’ve improved greatly the past years with new police equipment and new policies which is lowering crime but at a slow pace.

  • Yesenia Alejo

    American cities have been more successful because some cities have more police and some have less police. I think maybe they have different strategies they are going by that work. I have seen some difference but there is still crime in the world. What I see there has been a little decreasing in my community but mainly it is very calm.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I do agree to this. In our city, Coppell, we have a very strict police department. They monitor all over the place which very much increases the safety and comfort for the whole city. Maybe, if there are more police and stronger policies and rules, perhaps the citizens of the city will be safer.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I partially agree. It depends on how the police crew deals with crime. The crime is always going to be there, but if the judicial system is strict and punishes people for little things. It doesn’t hurt though to have a large police crew.

  • Royanne May Ramos

    Well, it only makes sense that some cities would begin to begin their crime rate, we’ve had a lot of time to improve. We’re a young country, but not so young that we have no idea how to handle robbers, murderers and etc. There has been a change in our community, but we’ve only just begun… ;)

    • Ryan_R_2

      This actually is kinda of scary, because its accurate… We are a young country, and there has been a huge change in our community. In all honesty, I think that the rates have gone down, but the crimes that ARE being committed are worse then the ones that where before, so the impact is more severe.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree. I also think that not everyone is able to go against some people. I hope that we will be able to change more in our environment. Another thing, yes, we have just begun and there is a lot more room for our improvement, and if we all work together, we CAN make a change.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Royanne,
      I think you make a very good point here. Ever since we got to America, we’ve been adding and changing rules to make things fairer and safer for the public. I think as a country we are slowly growing and learning, even still. Hopefully, in the oncoming years, we will continue to see a drop in crime rates.

  • SEATTLE_SEAHAWKS!!

    NOPE

  • Kevin Guzman

    What i think about this is that people try to stay away from cities like Chicago, but at the same time, there is always crime everywhere. It is stunning that people don’t like Chicago and they don’t have that many crimes, so its up to you where you live

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. Unless you have kids or a family to take care of I don’t really think that it matters how much crime there is in a city because every city has a good and bad part of town it just depends on what part of town you are in.

  • Angel garcia

    I really don’t delive this people have been killed by my house the house next door has been broken into a dozen times

    • Shemar_D_2

      I’m hope that you will be safe in your neighborhood if so much bad stuff happens right by your house then you should be lucky that you have been safe. Also whats your population like in your city, is it a poorer neighborhood?

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Angel,
      Situations like this happen all over the country and are a huge problem. Here is my original meme about my area of Dallas.

    • Guest

      I agree that smaller communities have lower crime rate. The cause of urban violence is most likely due to everyday life problems that can make out emotions run wild. In a small community people know when some is in a bad situation and we know what to do. But in a community with 100,000 people or more, you don’t know what someone might be going through. It is proven, if someone is having a problem and their emotions start controlling their actions, it can lead to them doing things that they find might be the only way out, and a lot of times to get out of that situation is murder or something along that line.

      • taylors_4boydbence

        I agree. i think that when people are upset or angry they do things they wouldn’t usually do. most people who kill people don’t say oh ill kill this person just for no reason.. they kill someone they are mad at or that did them wrong.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      honestly i think that if houses near you are being broken into then maybe the city you live in should get more police officers into your area

    • JTM_3boydbence

      Angel maybe if your naboirs were to own a fire arm it would help to prevent this. Also it would be smart ti invest in an alarm system and may be even motion lights because most brake ins happen in the dark at night.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Angel, sorry to hear about the apparent crime and violence in your area. I think that with an increase in community watch, as well as more police officers may benefit and protect the citizens where you live.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      This could be due to the lack of enforcement to those that break laws. If people were punished for doing those bad things the rates would go down.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      Angel,Like everyone else, yes you do need more law enforcement. If had these kinds of things may not happen that often or even at all. These are the essentials for low crime rates.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Angel Garcia, please be careful in your neighborhood. Im so sorry to hear about the crime and violence that has been happening in your area. You are very lucky that you have not been hurt. Maybe you should talk to your parents about considering moving to a safer location? Like JacobG_2_boydbence said, your city needs more law enforcement. Please be safe!

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree that crime is not nonexistent but it is decreasing little by little. Crime is more prevalent in some areas then others. It all depends on where you live and what kind of neighborhood you live in as to how much crime you’ll see on a day to day basis. The poorer the area the more crime there will be in that neighborhood.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      Living in a place where crime is all ways around you isn’t right. Especially if that place is your home. Crimes every day are accruing and yet people still think that crime is slowly vanishing. They think since crime rates are going down that there isn’t any crime happening. But there is, Most are crimes that aren’t or haven’t been reported. Crime will always exist where ever you go. You might not witness it but its happening. People think crime rates will continue to go down until there isn’t any more crime in the U.S., that idea is to utopian and this world is far from being perfect. Where ever there are people, there will always be crime.

      • corrina cowden

        @KQEDEdspace I agree with you.yes there are good people in the world that would call the police if a crime has occurred. On the other hand you have people that help commit crime. So no matter where you go small or large community there is bound to be crime. #DoNowCrime #davisss

  • Sean Pagmanua

    Smaller cities are most likely to have less crimes because of the connections you have with other people. Crime is a big deal in Vallejo, CA. Everyday in my community, there are shootings and robberies all around Vallejo.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I disagree because anything can happen anywhere just because there are not a lot of crimes doesn’t mean the ratio with people and crimes in the bigger cities are different from the ratio of the smaller cities. One second everything is fine and then another there is crime all around you. Also like shootings are a crime and they can happen anywhere too, in a mall or a gas station or even a grocery store. https://soundcloud.com/kcloutier-1/slam-poem-shootings-by-kyle

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      Yes….I agree with Sean because there have been a lot of crimes that I had heard have been in those small cities like Coppell, Irving, even some more cities that have had a lot of crimes these days.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      Yes I agree that smaller citys have less crime because they don’t have to deal with as many people and most of the people probably know. so its like you could be stealing from your parents friends. Were as in big citys you will not know as many of the people because there is more people in a smaller area.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree. I believe that the smaller the community (although it does have to do with the people who live there) the less crime there is for the same reason you do. You’re less likely to get shot walking down the sidewalk in a town of 1,000 where you know everyone, then if you were walking down in a side walk in a big city with strangers all around you.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree with you. I live in a smaller community and it seems like there are less of it although its not completely gone. I think another factor that makes this true is how aware the community is to it. In my area we are very aware of crime and the consequences that it can have we’ve all been taught that at a young age. I believe this is a big factor on keeping the community safe.

  • E C

    I feel that the crime rate in my community is going up. Whenever I watch the news, I see that killings and assaults are occurring more and more. I don’t feel safe walking down the streets and riding the bus can be dangerous too. Anything can happen at anytime.

    • Lea

      I agree with seeing all the crimes on the news. People should always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious items on the street, behaviors from a person, etc.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      E C,

      I agree, While crime rates are going down across the country it certainly still happens way to often. It is important to be aware and be prepared for something to happen in the present, while still looking for solutions to solve the crime problem in the future. Here is a link to an interesting interactive map of the safest and least safe neighborhoods in my area. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/dallas/crime/

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree completely. It is easy to just walk on the street and then all of the sudden be attacked by thugs. I have witnessed someone being arrested for robbing the gas station store at Market Street. Every time I turn on the news, I see that someone has been shot, raped, or robbed.

    • David_N_2

      Thank you E C for your post.

      I undoubtedly agree with you. There have been very violent and inhumane crimes, but those are just individual crimes. If you look at the link I’ve provided you can see that the degree of violence has increased, but the overall rate of crime has decreased. It seems that you feel unsafe because you fear encountering or be involved in a violent scene, and because the degree of violence has increase dramatically, you feel insecure and unsafe. I can only pray for your safety and the safety of others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ClhP9QufeM

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I understand where your coming from but no place can ever be safe. Ive seen good areas have deaths but never had a bad very bad crime rate. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/domestic-violence/20140131-frisco-boy-found-dead-had-medical-condition-attorney-says.ece

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. Crime can happen in small or large communities even when people think it’s just big cities.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      i agree crime rate can go up in any town people normally thing that the only crime are murder it doing thing that are wrong to

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      EC, I agree with you but it seems the problem is not enough law enforcement such as police. These kinds of necessary thing can ekes problems like those go down or have a lower rate.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      E C,
      Im sorry that your streets are not safe. I do agree that these crimes can happen anytime and anywhere. There are so many people already involved in crime that we need to help them out. Here is a meme i have created to show this point.

  • Lea

    In my neighborhood violent crime has decreased quite a bit (based on the link below). I have not seen any violent crime at all and I think the reason why is because people in my neighborhood are nice and don’t find the reason why there is a need to commit any crimes. I feel safe walking around my neighborhood at anytime, although I prefer to stay at home during the nights.

    http://sf-police.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=25987

    • E C

      Your neighborhood seems like a nice place. Even though people may seem nice, you can’t tell their true motives.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you that your neighborhood being a nice place is the reason that is so. If the people in it our nice, then that contributes with the fact that it is a nice place and has less crimes in it than most places.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I also feel very safe walking in my neighborhood but I also feel safe walking around most of my town and I have a fun time. I see no reason to not feel safe in my city everyone seems to be nice and the schools are wonderful.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Lea,
      I agree with you. People who commit violent crimes 99% of the time will have a motive. In these smaller towns, there seems to be less violent crimes, so I wonder if there’s something missing from bigger cities that smaller ones seem to have figured out.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    In the city of Dallas crimes has dropped in the past 10 years. Dallas is not the only city that crimes have dropped. New York and Los Angelus are major cities that crime rates have also dropped. My small town of Coppell has also had a decree in crime. There are some things that may make the crime drop. The first is that officers are enforcing the law. Also jails have many people in them, so there are fewer problems on the streets. In my town we are so close to each other and we all know one another. Listen to this poem to see why there’s a drop in crime in urban cities. https://soundcloud.com/clairebear34/in-one-moment-urban-slam-poem

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    There are many factors that affect a cities’ violent crime rate. One of the most
    significant factors is money. Wealthier suburbs are more likely to have less crime,because more affluent areas can afford to have security systems.
    In addition, they pay more taxes which finance and support community initiatives. For example, our neighborhood has a community watch and activities that foster a safe environment. Most of the homes in our city have a security systems and signs in front of our house.

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    I believe that since some of the American cities have used somewhat strategies as it says in the article. Much like in New York the article stated that in the last 2 decades the crime rate has gone down 60% percent since 1995. The American cities that have lowered the most are probably using strategies, Local economic conditions, etc. The Crime rate in Coppell seems to have increased just a little bit since 1999. On the other hand property crimes our very high in Coppell but they have decreased since 2005. Although we may have safe neighbor hoods and good school systems there are still crimes being committed. I feel that we haven`t really changed in the past few years , that we haven`t come up with any ways to lower the outcomes of violent and property crimes. Overall I feel that Coppell isn’t changing at all. The Property crime rate might be going down but not by that much. I still feel that the Coppell crime rates aren’t changing.

  • Brook Robinson

    I feel as if violent crime has decreased within the United States. More people are thinking that it would be a better for Americans to decrease the crime rate. I feel as if America is becoming smarter with what they do. http://www.moralityindex.com/crime.html

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree People are getting smarter but still need to work on getting better america is changing rapidly some good ways and other bad ways

      • Brook Robinson

        I feel as if Americans should have more punishment to the disaster of violence. People that are violent should have more of a punishment than any one else who is not violent.

        • David_N_2

          Thank you Brook Robinson for your view.
          Although, generally, crime rates are decreasing in the United States, some areas such as my own (Coppell) has an unstable increase of crime rates. I believe that the punishment should be based off the degree of the crime committed. If one were to be punished lightly for a crime he or she has committed, then obviously that person will continue to commit that crime.

  • Lindsay Tong

    I think crime has gone down recently in my community because of reinforced policies and law enforcement becoming stricter. People have become more aware of the consequences of committing a crime, which encourage them back off. There are still tons of people in jail right now from crimes that were committed years ago, which brings me to my second theory. I also believe crime rate has decreased because of the cost that is required to be bailed out. The numbers are scaring people away, especially with economy being so unstable.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I strongly agree with your second point. I didn’t think of that, but now that you say it i totally agree. I believe that by raising bail and keeping more criminals locked up, not only are you keeping those people from committing crimes, but also others who may be scared that the same will happen to them.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Lindsay, I agree with your second point to an extent. I believe that keeping criminals in prison is a necessity not only to our safety, but also to prove that we do have a justice system and if you do something that disobey’s the system, you have to pay the price (jail time). I also agree that bail prices might be one reason crime rates decrease. However, I personally do not think that when someone is about to commit a crime they think about bail. They are committing the crime for a reason, therefore they more than likely will not think of bail as much as they will think about completing their task.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I disagree. I believe that because they are criminals, they will commit the crime whether the bail is $300 dollars or $30,000. Criminals are always aware that they could get caught, yet they do it anyways, so I don’t think a rise in bail will change their decision. Most of them probably have the mindset of “well I don’t have anything to lose”.

  • swannigan Christian

    @KQEDedspace I feel that crime in my community has been on the steady rise in areas such as drive by shooting and reoccurring homicides #DoNowCrime #davisss

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      If you had more committed police officers in the area for keeping people safe i think that the increase in crime would decrease over time in your area.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I argge if you had more techongly to keep you safe it would be better

  • Zack Hannah

    @KQEDedspace I feel like crime is rising in my community because of the fairly recent crimes that have happened. Like the drive by, and homicides.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      would things like drive by’s and minor robberies really be considered a crime spike? If homisides happened more then once every few years, then yes i see how that could be a spike, but little robberies here and there wouldn’t exactly be a “spike in crime”. And would you say it is under control? Seems like if little things spike up, that law enforcement should get there act together and get it under control. I can’t speak for were you are, but in the “perfect bubble” I live in, thats how it works for us.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    @KQEDedspace I think that it’s because of the better policing strategies that other cities don’t have. The american cities that have higher crime rates, the majority of them have more items that can raise crime rates. They also have more areas that you shouldn’t go to. There has been a change in crime rates in my area. They are now lower crime rates since 2010. #DoNowCrime

    • Michael Fitzpatrick

      i agree with you, but some cities dont have enough money to teach there police any new better tactics. So it also has something to do with economy.

      • NWeix-1stboydbence

        I agree, as cities with more job offers have a noticeable decrease in crime, so it like has to do with how people tend to steal more when they feel they have to.

  • Shemar_D_2

    I think the crime rates are based on the areas around it. Poorer and/or more populated areas will have more crime than smaller and/or richer neighbor hoods. Because more people means more crime, if one in every 10 people commit a crime then the more people means the more crime. If you see in the graph below the more community members the more crimes happen. Coppell is pretty small so we don’t have alot of crime compared to higher populated areas in Texas.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    Crime in Coppell may not be a problem most of the time but it is still out their I have not hear of a perfect place unless it wan in a movie and even the so called perfect place became a area with horrible crime that everybody was involved in. down below are the crime rates for the Coppell area.

  • Ryan_R_2

    I agree, the crime rates have dropped. Where I live (Coppell, Texas) We have the lowest crime rate in Texas. I think the bigger the community, the bigger the crime rate will be, and for the percent to go down 60% is REMARKABLE! I’ve never experienced any crimes in the town that I live in, but I have seem plenty on the news.

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    Urban violence from what I have found is from the lack of good education in its cities. The piece from NPR in my opinion didn’t hit the main problem of the education systems are really sub par. The decrease of crime is good but its not where it needs to be. School systems in inner cities have only a 30% success rate. And 22% of all the teachers in these cities are less then fully qualified. The only way I know how to fix this is to make all the teachers completely certified. I was so inspired by this that i made a slam poem. https://soundcloud.com/lawson-jeffery-zandi

  • taylor_w_2nd

    I think that crime rates are based on the circumstance. For instance, less wealthy and more populated areas have higher crime rates than more wealthy and less populated areas for multiple reasons. One reason would be that if you have more people in one area the likelihood of someone of that population committing a crime will go up. Same goes for the other way around, if you are in a small town with less people, there will be a likelihood of less crime due to less people. Another reason that crime rates depend on the circumstance is because different people in different situations may chose different choices. For example, people with less opportunities and less “going for them” may see crime as an escape of some sort, causing the crime rate in their area to go up. On the other hand, more wealthy people are more set with what they have and don’t have as high of a crime rate. In my community, Coppell Texas, we don’t have much crime because we are such a small city. This is especially true if you were to compare it to a larger city like Dallas Texas.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    I believe that reducing crime depends on what the city is like. Where I live, the police are more strict. They police are everywhere. We don’t really have any crime and when we do its not a big deal or issue. I’ve noticed that over time the amount of robberies in our commmunity has gone down. In our community, we have so much awareness and notice of crime. Our home owners association gives us notice of crime immediately and tells us how we can prevent it. The police respond immediately to crimes. But, our community is really small so crime is not a problem and if it is, it is not that hard to solve and prevent. In bigger cities around us there are more issues that we notice. But I noticed it doesn’t matter on the size of city or area. It matters on the cities stratagies and amount of awareness.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    According to many charts and news reports, a lot of cities have more awareness and protection that others. Thanks to technology a lot of crime has decreased. The area I live in has not been affected by crime, or at least not TO affected. But even with the low crime rate here other cities in the united states have very high crime rates. I believe that technology is helping reduce the crime rate because now we are more aware of what is happening around us and what is happening world wide. Also video cameras installed in stores are making it safer.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=crime+rates+in+america&safe=active&espv=210&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=-8_zUqGEIuKYyAHSiYHADg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg&biw=1403&bih=635&dpr=0.9#q=crime+rates+in+texas&safe=active&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=QiFYHkP6Ps1mCM%253A%3BnogjuJvdImYFiM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.willisms.com%252Farchives%252Feverysinglecategory.gif%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.willisms.com%252Farchives%252F2012%252F09%252Ftexas_crime_rat.html%3B2020%3B1200

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    In my area all the charts I have been looking at show that the crime rate has been going up in the last couple of years. I believe that some areas are doing better because they are taking it way more serious to try to make the area a safer player for children and everyone just trying to live.

    • David_N_2

      Very much true. Areas that take safety more seriously and enforce the law are less prone to increasing crime rates. The picture below shows how crime rate works: The more active police are, the less active criminals are. If we were to care about the safety and well being of our neighbors, then we would actually do something about crime. Crimes rates would go down if we all join together to extinguish the fire.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      In my area, the crime rates have gone up since 2011, as well. However, i believe it is not a matter of trying to make the area safer. It’s a matter of people forgetting that crime is out there. In the town I live in, we say that we live in a bubble. I believe that because of this “bubble” that we have created, we have forgotten that crime is happening in our area. Because we forget this, we stop trying to end the crime that happens and when it does, we block it out.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      in the area I’m at, crime spiked up in 2011. But in no way does this mean that everyone is trying to make the area safer. Yes, the crime rate spiked, and yes that needs to be looked at, but we have it under control. We try to stop it as best we can, but if it isn’t happening then it seems to float right past our immediate sight path. We tend to look the other direction on it all. We don’t want our “perfect” reputation to get scratched. We have a hold on it, but only for us, we dont seem to care about anywhere else, exempt for were we are.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      My situation is similar to yours. In my area property crime has decreased but violent crime has sadly gone up. However you compare my communities crime rates to the rest of the state, my communities crime rates are still very low. We have police all over our town, so I suppose that is why.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    My meme

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    my meme

  • ColinB_3BoydBence

    Cities from the U.S. have been having less and less crimes going on latley do to security enhancements and i think if they keep the increase in security there won’t be any crime to come

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    From my view, Crime in a city can increase if the city is in poor shape but it will decrease if the community is clean, nice, and well educated. Education can decrease this crime for the reason that it teaches kids how they are supposed to act in their community. They can then grow up and help rebuild and fix their community for the better.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    I think the crime has been freed in my neighborhood because you barely realize how there are any robberies or killing in the neighborhoods. I think the bigger the community, the bigger the crime rate will be, and for the percent to go down 60% is REMARKABLE! I’ve never experienced any crimes in the town that I live in, but I have seem plenty on the news. They have shown many big century crimes these days and they made a big impact in the U.S.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    In my area all the charts I have been looking at show that the crime rate has been going up in the last couple of years. I believe that some areas are doing better because they are taking it way more serious to try to make the area a safer player for children and everyone just trying to live.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I also viewed the charts for our community and realized a slight rise in some crimes but I don’t think our community needs to worry about violent crime. I also believe that Police everywhere are doing better to prevent violent crime.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    I think that the success in crime reduction is a result of new economic standards and new policing techniques. I wish I could give you a longer more detailed explanation for my thinking but really the video above explains it for me. Like if the police are preventing gang violence from happening then the violent crime rate is bound to go down. They’re doing a great job. I mean Chicago is a severely violent place and if the crime rate there is lower than its ever been in 4 decades than thats a huge improvement.

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    This city is was a terrible city crime was high and the police were doing there best to make a difference. Now crime is way down and the police have a handle on the crimes that are happening. With all these new techniques to find the criminal and to stop the crime, but crime will never stop it can only be lessened

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    meme

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    The best reason I know of for decreased crime rates in some areas is that they began to offer more jobs and start for businesses. As some people can’t often keep a job or can’t get one, when fewer jobs are open, crime increases due to it being the “best” way for them to make money, whereas the more jobs open, the more crime will decrease as they can just make money via a job.

  • Kshitij_K_Period2

    I think the reason for urban violence is economic instability. Take a person living on the streets for example, they didn’t start there. They must have lost their jobs. The world currently runs on money. When you are desperate, you can sometimes do things in the heat of the moment like mug someone for that little bit of cash to eat or get something to drink. If we can fix the economic problems, more people can keep jobs, then the crime should go decrease by a lot.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    I think that certain cities in america such as New Orleans have been more successful in decreasing in violence because they are getting more aid and programs to reduce the violence.Another reason that certain cities violence is reducing is because the police are making new strategies to stop this nonsense.

    Here’s a link to an article that talks about New orleans . http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2147723-2,00.html

    The link to the article about the new strategies.

    http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/perspectives/2012/05/5-creative-ways-law-enforcement-is-reducing-violence.html

  • Kshitij_K_Period2

    https://soundcloud.com/kkapil/urban-violence – slam poem for urban violence

  • taylors_4boydbence

    I think crime goes more noticed in small cities like coppell. i think there is less crime in small cities . there is most likely going to be more crime if u have a bigger city because there will be more people. when there are more people there will probably be more crime. it can also depend what is in the ares. for example if you put in tattoo shops bars and clubs then people who like that stuff will most likely move there. if you put in schools and parks and family restaurants and stuff like that then most likely families will move there.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    Here is my Slam Poem on Urban Violence. I hope this gives you a clearer view on Urban Violence through a painting. https://soundcloud.com/dkim499/slam-poem-on-urban-violence

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    I think that crime rates have been decreasing gradually over time. I also think that crime isn’t necessarily a thing that we can make go away without taking away all freedoms, and even then it might not be possible. Even in a small city like Coppell, there is still going to crime. Maybe not shootings or murders, but still crimes. I think Coppell is a family town. And I mean by that, that I feel safe in it, I know a lot of the people in it, there aren’t that many bad things because that’s just how the environment is set. If Coppell had tons of clubs and bars, the environment might change drastically. I think that lots of crimes are committed by people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If we don’t allow as easy access to any of these things, I believe crime rates would drop.

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  • Gian_S_Period2

    I live in a small city, which the violent crime rate is fairly low, but it’s slowly rising with each passing year. I feel that police involvement is one explanation for cities to not have as much violent crimes. Big cities are more heavily populated than the smaller cities, which is another cause of why there are more crimes in the city. The police cannot keep an eye on the entire city, as there are many people who live in the area. The chart below best explains the different types of crimes experienced over the years in Coppell. I have also composed an original slam poem about urban violence and the link for the document is below and the audio file.

    Slam Poem File-https://docs.google.com/a/newtech.coppellisd.com/document/d/18k-AV_AtKosm3vLlWYEzbPkA3b24IGeaP7XQE891_IE/edit?pli=1
    Audio File-https://soundcloud.com/geesaurus/slam-poem

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    I live in Coppell is a really small city.Therefore you can’t find a lot of crime Coppell. There has been a little increase of crime in 2013 for Coppell. I think policing strategies can help, but economic conditions have more do with how much violent crime there is in a community. One of Coppell’s strategies is to have a curfew for minor. Which helps prevent crime like rape etc., but we can’t stop all crime. I think economic condition has more with the crime rate in city. I lived in Oak-Cliff, which is a city in the Dallas DFW
    area. There is so much more crime there like theft, rape even murder, because the economic condition are bad there. The graphs below show that Coppell has a greater annual income Oak-Cliff. The second pair of graph shows that more violent crime in Oak-cliff then in Coppell. In conclusion in my opinion the economic condition has to do a lot with the crime rate of a city.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    I live in Coppell is a really small city.Therefore you can’t find a lot of crime Coppell. There has been a little increase of crime in 2013 for Coppell. I think policing strategies can help, but economic conditions have more do with how much violent crime there is in a community. One of Coppell’s strategies is to have a curfew for minor. Which helps prevent crime like rape etc., but we can’t stop all crime. I think economic condition has more with the crime rate in city. I lived in Oak-Cliff, which is a city in the Dallas DFW area. There is so much more crime there like theft, rape even murder, because the economic condition are bad there. The graphs below show that Coppell has a greater annual income Oak-Cliff. The second pair of graph shows that more violent crime in Oak-cliff then in Coppell. In conclusion in my opinion the economic condition has to do a lot with the crime rate of a city.

  • trevor_O_period 2

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  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    I would say that violent crime in my area and in the whole United States has decreased. My area is very safe with the last homicide being 1-2 years ago. The chart below shows the crime rate in a period of 21 years and in big cities and small cities. It is constantly decreasing even though the population is increasing. I think this is because as the population increases, so is the amount of people that risk their lives keeping people and their families safe. So they have a motive that will encourage them to do their job and more. That is why urban violence is decreasing in my community.

  • Shirley Mei

    I do not believe violent crime is decreasing. Sure, the statistics tell us the number of violent crime incidents, but it does not contribute to the actual amount of violent crimes taken place. The charts portray a number recorded based off of events taken place, but take into consideration not all of these incidents are recorded. The actual amount of crime is hidden behind a statistic, no matter the location of the city or neighbourhood.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you in the fact that crime is not decreasing, but what about just staying still? When you look at crime charts, in oat areas the rate seems to be very close to constant with a slight spike or downfall every once in a while. Some neighborhoods do have a higher rate, and yes they spike more, but at the same time they also have a bit of control.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. Such as take for an example NY. I don’t believe for a second that the cops of NY (not saying they are bad, they are awesome) can catch all the crime in the city. There will always be crime that is not accounted for.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you 100%. Everyone tries to say that crime is gone or that is is decreasing. Truth is, crime is not going to go away or just be gone, it’s always going to be there wether we like it or not. There are still crimes and most of them don’t even get reported.

  • Terence Sommer

    Crime spiked in NYC this past month.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      That’s a real problem, but if you look at it Nationally crime is going down steadily. For example In Dallas crime is looking lower than in the past.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      Sorry to hear that, but their is a good side to it. The hart below shows New York’s crime rate against the crime rate in the U.S. This shows that in recent year crime is going down. And that means that New York has the potential to work the amount of urban violence back down.So it may not be a safe month, it will be a safe year.

    • BrentL-1BoydBence

      It may have spiked, but overall they have reduced the crime rate a ton over the years.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I created a slam poem on urban violence. Listen to it here> https://soundcloud.com/bdeckard/urban-violence-slam-poem

  • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

    I think that Smaller communities have higher chance for crime to occur, but i think that in big cities crime is more likely to happen because there are more people and theta raises the likelihood that crime will be committed in that area unlike in small cites where it would be easier to commit a crime due to less law enforcement

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    In my city there has not ben much of a change of crime at all due to how much of a bubble my town is. With the acceptation of us having a lot of police forces therefore our crime rate is lower than most citys. In the graph it shows the violent crime of my city as you can see it is pretty low. About the 2010 mark it goes up but other than that the average is small. Me personally i have not seen a lot of crime anywhere but the main reason it because i live in a town where there is not a lot of it. But if you compare the Coppell graph to the dallas graph you can see that there is a major difference, and not only because dallas is bigger but because is it not as securely protected as Coppell is.Compare the two and you can see how much of a difference it really is. With more law enforcement come a better city with less crimes. These kinds of luxuries also depend on the way that the city is ran. Each and every decision politically and economically can sometimes effect that rate of crime due to peoples disagreement.

  • Wanya Alford

    In my neighborhood, I don’t have to worry about crime.

    Most crimes start because of the environment and the authorities don’t try to prevent the the people who are influencing others to do the crimes.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you. The authorities have a very important job, and are trusted. I see no reason why a officer of the law would not try to protect his family, his community, or perhaps his country. The authorities are not the problem, as well as the environment. If you mean society then you would be correct, but not environment. The way society reacts to the environment might be what you mean, but that is still society. Most crimes start because of society.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I disagree. I live in a small town were the authorities try to find something wrong with what you do, and will make you pay for it. They take their jobs really seriously in order to keep the crime rates down.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree. I don’t think they can necessarily prevent crime. Its a matter of motive. Some people may commit crime for money and others maybe have something against somebody, but those things can’t just be prevented.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I disagree. While I understand that all communities and situations are different, you may just not be seeing the prevention they are doing. They will never be able to complete erase crime, but the authorities are the ones who are keeping it from getting out of control.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      Just because it isn’t happening in your neighborhood doesn’t mean it is not happening. Crimes happen for an assortment of reasons sometimes a family needs to sell drugs on the street or worse sell themselves because their family needs them to. We need to take action to stop crimes and provide support for those who need it and not just say “Its not happening here so why should I care”. I believe we should addopt Chicago’s new strategies to reach these goals.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you I also believe that violent crime is influenced by the environment. I Lived in poor neighborhood and there was crime all like theft. I would hear gun shot during the holidays. Now I’m living a ”rich” neighborhood people are very nice and you don’t really see any violent crime going on.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I think this statement is true.
      The amount of crime going on definitely depends on the environment and the strength of the re enforcement.

    • Claire S 2

      I don’t really understand what you mean by ‘because of the environment’. I think that most crimes start because of the people, not the place. Granted, it seems like more ‘bad’ people gather in cities and slums, but that’s not really why crime happens.

    • corrina cowden

      @KQEDEdspace I honestly think that most crimes occur because of people. Most of the crime is over a stupid reason. For example two people may be fighting over something little and then it takes a turn for the worse and becomes huge. I also think that police do try to stop or find out who influenced the person who committed the crime. #DoNowCrime

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    In my city there has not ben much of a change of crime at all due to how much of a bubble my town is. With the acceptation of us having a lot of police forces therefore our crime rate is lower than most citys. In the graph it shows the violent crime of my city as you can see it is pretty low. About the 2010 mark it goes up but other than that the average is small. Me personally i have not seen a lot of crime anywhere but the main reason it because i live in a town where there is not a lot of it. But if you compare the Coppell graph to the dallas graph you can see that there is a major difference, and not only because dallas is bigger but because is it not as securely protected as Coppell is.Compare the two and you can see how much of a difference it really is. With more law enforcement come a better city with less crimes. These kinds of luxuries also depend on the way that the city is ran. Each and every decision politically and economically can sometimes effect that rate of crime due to peoples disagreement..

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I feel like most of the wealthier cities have been more successful with lower crime rates because they can afford security systems, more local enforcement, and more gated communities only for residents that keeps people safe in their community.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree and disagree. Wealthier cities do have less crime rates, but it’s not just because people can afford security systems. Where I live, every house has an alarm system; they were placed in the house when they were built, and to me I don’t live in the wealthiest city. The city usually has high law enforcement to prevent crimes.

    • BrentL-1BoydBence

      I disagree, New York City has reduced the crime rate very significantly and they don’t have gated communities. I think it comes down to the local government stepping up and putting in a lot of effort to reduce crime.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you very much I feel the same way. I lived in the poor neighborhood in Dallas There was a lot of crime going on there. I would see people stealing and getting arrested. Then I to coppell a “rich” neighborhood and its was so different.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I feel like most of the wealthier cities have been more successful with lower crime rates because they can afford security systems, more local enforcement, and more gated communities only for residents that keeps people safe in their community.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

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  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that some cities have lower crime rates then others because of the better policing strategies that other cities don’t have. The American cities that have higher crime rate tend to have higher levels of poverty and worse policing strategies There has been a change in crime rates in Coppell. They are now higher crime rates since 2010. In 2010, the total amount of crime incidents was 659. Last year, we had 864 total incidents of crime. That is 205 more incidents in 3 years.

  • SpencerH_4

    I just think it matters what city you live in! not necessarily the size even though that matters! In a smaller community you know more people than you would in a larger city like for an example i know Alot of People in the city coppell but the whole city of dallas I don’t know many people! so what im trying to say in smaller cities people know each other an are friends so more people wont need to be violent or commit crimes! But in a larger city like all of dallas killing or robbing someone you have no idea is, is easier than robbing or killing someone you do know! But yes I Think crime is decreasing in my community and city out of the entire dallas area, coppells crime rate is very low!

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    I believe that the amount of crime in a certain location depends on the people that occupy it. When you are in a bigger city, or in a lower income community, these people are more likely to commit a crime. In a small, suburban community where the people have higher incomes and spend their money on security systems, gated communities, etc. While there obviously is not a complete violence free zone when it comes to these communities, there is less. There is also going to be a difference in crime rates depending on the strategy that these communities have used to lower the crime.
    In my community the crime rate is a large amount lower than our state crime rate is because it is a suburban community with a fair amount of availability to community and social services.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      While I agree with you that wealthier communtities have a lower crime rate; I disagree that its because they can afford security systems and such. Its actually caused by a lack of education. When you don’t get a proper education because you can’t afford one you have to find jobs and sometimes they may be gang affilitiated because you need the money and there is nothing else to do. Attached is a graph comparing crimerates with education http://publicagendaarchives.org/files/charts/ff_education_years.png.png

      • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

        I completely agree!

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    I think that urban violence in my community and the entire U.S. has decreased. The chart below shows average crime per 100,000 people in big and small cities over a 21 year period. You can clearly see that urban violence is decreasing in all cities even though the population is increasing. I think this is because as the population increases, so are the amount of people who want to serve and protect their country. And they are out numbering the criminals and scaring them off. I can safely say that urban violence has decreased in my community. One reason is that the last homicide was 1-2 years ago, and the police are strict, so they won’t let anything get by them. And I think that the same is happening all around America. And that is why I think urban violence is decreasing in my community.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that crime rate over all has decreased a lot over the last few years. Smaller communities seems to have much less crime while Crime seems to be a bigger problem in larger cities due to larger populations and police force being spread out. Crime will always be there and no matter how many rules and laws are put into place. This info and graph below source: http://leftcall.com/4557/u-s-crime-rates-1960-2010-the-facts-might-surprise-you/
    Murder
    1962 – 8,530
    1991 – 24,700
    2010 – 14,748
    Rape
    1960 – 17,190
    1992 – 109,060
    2010 – 84,767
    Assault
    1960 – 154,320
    1993 – 1,135,610
    2010 – 778,901
    Burglary
    1960 – 912,100
    1980 – 3,795,200
    2010 – 2,159,878
    Vehicle Theft
    1960 – 328,200
    1991 – 1,661,700
    2010 – 737,142

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    I live in Coppell, TX, which is sort of a little bubble where there is little crime and property destruction compared to larger cities such as Dallas. However, crime still exists. In places like Chicago, 30 percent of children have witnessed a shooting. In 2001, Dallas county is where 133 murders occurred. Thats one life lost every 3 days! In my observations, it seems crime is very prominent in more populous areas, and less prominent in areas of a lower population. With more awareness of your environment, and taking precautions such as not staying out at a late time, or making sure to lock away your possessions could prevent many thefts and acts of violence in your community.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    I think some cities are more successful than others because their police force is more effective and are watching the streets more often. For example, in class when the teacher is there you wouldn’t do anything bad, right? That’s like how it is when the police is there. When the police is there, there’s a less chance that someone is going to commit a crime. In my city there has been a change of crime rate. Overall the crime rate has increased, but not by much. When you come into my city, there isn’t much crime going on in the streets. In the graph below it shows the crime rate in my town over the years

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    Meme

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    Coppell, a suburb tucked away in the heart of the urban jungle in Texas. A city stereotyped to have to problems, a city stereotyped to be happy and worry free. However, what people don’t know, is that Coppell actually has more problems that meets the eye. Crime in Coppell had a spike back in 2001, but after that it has been at a steady downfall. If you look at the graph attached below, you will see that property crime has gone down and I feel like its because of the strict hold that the government has on our quaint little town.

    In more urban cities, mass violence is hard to grasp. Harder to Control. “the overall crime rate, including non-violent property crimes, has dropped by more then 60 percent since 1995″ and I feel like the rate has dropped because the law enforcement has been more aware of the cities need for them. Violence crimes will always be a problem but thats not to say that it won’t be a smaller problem then it is now. There is always room to fix the mistakes that we have made.

    Another thing I have attached, is a link to a poem I wrote about this sad topic. More specifically gun violence. I found that I am very passionate about this topic, after doing further research I feel like this is a pretty good summery of all gun violence in Texas. Gun violence is our only real violence problem, so i drawing attention to it as much as possible is a good idea.

    https://soundcloud.com/user388979967/audio-recording-on-friday

  • BrentL-1BoydBence

    New York has significantly reduced their crime rate over the years. This is largely due to policies set into place over the years. They policed “lower level” crimes more aggressively because they believe that someone who commits a “low level” crime like graffiti is more likely to commit a “higher level” crime such as assault. The higher arrest rate of criminals also led to a less crime. It makes sense, less criminals on the street means less people committing crimes.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think the crime rates are based on the area that it happens in. Areas of lower average income and higher population usually have higher violent crime rates. There are more people competing for a lower amount of resources. The graph shows the trend of higher populations corresponding to higher crime rates. Coppell is a smaller, richer city and doesn’t have much crime, as opposed to other places in the US that have much higher populations and much higher crime rates.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    Meme

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      This is a great meme! Good work!!!

  • Guest

    I think the crime rates are based on the area that it happens in. Areas of lower average income and higher population usually have higher violent crime rates. There are more people competing for a lower amount of resources. The graph shows the trend of higher populations corresponding to higher crime rates. Coppell is a smaller, richer city and doesn’t have much crime, as opposed to other places in the US that have much higher populations and much higher violent crime rates.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Guest i agree with you crime rates happens in. Areas average income and higher income usually have higher violent crime rates

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    I believe that the crime rates decrease majorly in smaller towns for the reasons stated already. Since it is a smaller town, the police enforcement can keep a better eye on what the citizens are doing, which makes it easier to stop crime happening in that town or city.
    But this doesn’t mean that the police in larger towns are lazy or just don’y care, it just means that being the fact that the environment it a lot larger, it makes it more difficult to stop crime that is happening.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    Homicide rates have fallen to lows that haven’t been seen since the 70s in Chicago. Why you may be asking yourself? Well because of Chiacago’s brand new policing strategy. One example is that they are putting armed officers around places where gang violence often happpens. If we move these strategies to more places we can help crime rated in place like New York and Detroit.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think the crime rates are based on the area that it happens in. Areas of lower average income and higher population usually have higher violent crime rates. There are more people competing for a lower amount of resources. The graph shows the trend of higher populations corresponding to higher crime rates. Coppell is a smaller, richer city and doesn’t have much crime, as opposed to other places in the US that have much higher populations and much higher crime rates.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    meme

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    Since the early 1990’s crime has gone down in the United States. Crime has gone down a lot, but it has not completely disappeared. Some cities might not have as much crime as others because they have ways of controlling the crime rates with things such as technology. Technology is a huge thing in our country and across the world. Some cities use technology to prevent crimes from occurring such as using it to stop robberies before they happen. The technology helps them know things that the criminals are planning to do and help them stop the crime.

    Places like New York and California have a harder time controlling their crime rates. Smaller cities tend to have less crime and larger cities tend to have more crime. Some places haven’t been as successful keeping their crime rates down because they might not be persistent in keeping violence in their city down as much as others.

    I believe that crime rates in my city have gone down. The U.S. crime rates have also decreased quite a bit since the 1990’s.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    This is my meme I created.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I think the main reason the crime rate is dropping in most areas of the U.S. is due to new policing tactics. However I think every little thing the communities our doing is helping. Including groups like CeaseFire. In Chicago they are still having a lot of urban violence problems, CeaseFire is trying to help. They work with many high risk individual in Chicago, and they are trying to change the way many of them think. They spend a lot of time with these people attempting to teach them that “they can unlearn violent behavior” (found at http://www.npr.org/2013/02/19/172412889/whats-driving-the-violence-in-chicago ) CeaseFire is not just in Chicago, they are located at many problem areas around the U.S. We need to keep doing these new policing tactics and keep these groups like CeaseFire and anything else that we think can help if we want the crime rates to continue to drop. Crime won’t go away completely but we need to do everything we can to keep it at a low rate. Also please listen to this slam poem I wrote about this urban violence issue. It is called “Weeds”
    https://soundcloud.com/karapetersonnth/weeds

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I believe that the big communities that have more people that are wealthily in them. Means more crimes because there is more stuff to steal .in some small communities, like Oak Park. That community has the second lowest crime rate. Buglers would not steal like think about it there is nothing to steal

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    Here is a slam poem that I wrote about this topic.

    Enjoy!

    https://soundcloud.com/madison-traver/urban-violence-slam-poem

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    Crime rate has up more than 50 percent in richer communities and I believe the reason why is that bigger communities that have more people that are wealthily in them. Means more crimes because there is more stuff to steal .in some small communities, like Oak Park. That community has the second lowest crime rate. Buglers would not steal like think about it there is nothing to steal. Overall crime rate is going up and we as a community need to fight to get more techongly to keep are community safe

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    My meme is attached below.

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  • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

    In my opinion, I believe that we can’t tell whether Violent crime rates are going to continue to decrease or start increasing. As stated in the first link” violent crimes that were reported to police rose 1.2 percent last year, that the rate of violent crimes has been declining since 1993, and that it’s clear that crime levels have reached what seems to be the bottom in terms of the declines in 1990s and 2000s”. I think thats its hard to see how things will turn out for the near future. Just look at all the things that happened last year alone. The bomb going off at the Boston marathon, mass shootings at schools, and lets not forget all the violent crimes that weren’t reported. But we are also starting to figure out how to try to prevent things like that from happening. Like Boston strong, where all the citizens of Boston came together to get threw all the resent bombings that they had experienced. I would say that we don’t have clue to how all this violent crime rate business is going to turn out because people are always changing.

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    DuncanS_3BoydBence

    I think that violent crime is decreasing in smaller communities more than in larger ones. In smaller there’s not as much to manage and there’s not as many places for criminals to hide so it’s easier to catch criminals in the act and on the run. Plus the smaller the community is the more people will know each other where in larger communities people are less likely to know each other, the larger the community the more people live there. The more people that live in a community the less people will know each other which means your less likely to recognize the person that’s committing the crime. There’s more suspects in larger communities making it harder for the police to know who committed the crime, and there’s more competition for jobs which means more people will be jobless and out on the street committing crimes so they can make a living. Also in larger communities some people will have been jobless longer than others which means they could be more experienced at committing crime which could turn up less evidence because of their experience. I think that The Frisk system is a good idea because it catches suspicious people before they can commit a crime. It’s also a good idea to have more police everywhere so that more area would be covered which can lead to catching people in the act. I think that video surveillance in parks, dark alleys, and other places would help reduce crime because if a crime gets caught on camera then a police officer can be there probably before the criminal gets away or even before they commit a crime.

    Here’s a poem inspired by this topic:

    Sometimes
    I wonder what it would be like to live in Chicago
    where President Obama’s from,
    where everyday I don’t know whether I’ll survive.

    Some areas’ are nicer, and some are dicier.
    I’d wake up, get ready, and then reluctantly leave home. I grab my phone then walk to school.
    I avoid the bus because I always get beat up when I take it.
    The route I take has lots of twists and turns, five miles long. (I hope I make it)

    Suddenly I hear gunshots and bolt for cover.
    I dive into a bush, and after I do I witness a gang fight,
    Bullets flying, guns ablazing, and punks swearin.
    People are shot down one after another,
    until only one is standing.

    I accidentally twitch and the bush rustled.
    The man walks up to the bush. Our eyes lock.
    As he raises his gun my life flashes before my eyes.
    He pulls the trigger as he dies
    shot by another Gangster.
    The bullet sails by my head grazing my neck, oh heck.
    When I come out I see hundreds of bodies in the street.
    Lives cut too short, incomplete.

    Shaken, I walk the rest of the way to school.
    and go to the nurse’s office, like a fool
    to get patched up, and then head to the counselor’s.
    Just a normal walk to school in my daily life.

    And it’s not just my hometown.
    Other kids deal with this too, their neighborhoods shutdown
    by violence.
    In Castlemont homicide is the leading cause of death for young people.
    making life in most cities seem dull.

    An average of three shootings a day within 1.5 miles of Castlemont High,
    or so the Oakland Police Department says.
    Recently there has been a spike in the number of homicides in Chicago.
    It’s making it all the much harder for me to get to and from school.

    Sometimes
    I wonder what it would be like to live in Chicago
    where President Obama’s from,
    Now that i’ve wondered I’m glad I don’t

  • Aryana Gonzalez

    @KQEDEdspace this is the violence crime graph for Ohio #DoNowCrime #davisss

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    I think that the crime rate has gone down in my community. I believe it is because of the increase in awareness my community has. Since 2011 the crime rate has decreased. With that being said I do beileve that some places are not as fortunate as my community is. I think that some of this maybe caused by the area around these cities. I think one way to reduce this is to make the community aware. Not only that will help though. For these things to stop we have to help the people that are in the cycle. (i have linked a recording of a slam poem i did talking about this) For many people its there way of life and they cant get out alone. They need our help. I think we need to add more programs to help these people.

    https://soundcloud.com/maggie_s_22/slam-poem-urban-violence

  • Claire S 2

    I think it depends on the size of the city or town. Having more people makes it more likely, while having less people does the opposite. It also depends on other factors, such as how strict the police are, and how many bad people there are, like drug dealers and the like.

    Though, that’s not necessarily the question. I think violence is decreasing in my community, but I don’t think there was much to begin with. Coppell’s peaceful, and I haven’t really lived here long enough to see any real change. That doesn’t mean it can’t pick up soon, though.

  • Chewy_5683

    Crime is decreasing for many reasons, one of which is this.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/01/03/detroit-police-chief-want-crime-to-drop-start-carrying/

    If people know that more people carry weapons with them, they will think twice before they decide to harm somebody. I know if I were on a revenge spree and I knew my apposers were armed, I wouldn’t want to take the chance as much anymore. What’s the point in revenge if your dead.

  • amanda sauvie

    I teach in a suburb of Flint, Michigan. I probably don’t need to mention that crime and violence is something that happens in our community. The press has already broken that story…again and again.

    Although crime rates are down in our community, according to many sources, we still qualify as the most violent city in America.

    I am so sick of hearing about how violent Flint is. It does us no good at all. Flint will never emerge from this sad era if no one focuses on the good that is beginning to show, and the good that has always been here.

    Many of us want to send a more positive message about our city. Recently, when writer Laura Dimon published an article on policymic.com, “This is American’s Most Apocalyptic, Violent City–And You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It,” the response from our community and those who support it, as is shown in the following two articles, was swift and quite angry.
    http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/12/flint_officials_react_to_artic.html

    http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/flint/index.ssf/2013/12/how_did_laura_dimon_make_flint.html

    Cracking down on crime will only get a community so far, we must also focus on supporting the positive things that happen as a community struggles to emerge from its darker days.

  • Mark Smith

    The number of violent crimes occurring in Michigan have indeed decreased from the levels they were at 10 to 15 years ago. This is somewhat surprising, considering that more police officers are being cut statewide. http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/micrime.htm‎

    http://www.mlive.com/…/index…/less_cops_less_crime_mlive_inv.ht…‎

  • Liz

    I think that the crime rate has gone down in certain places because people are being smarter. The police are putting their work into the people not just the places, and they are thinking about how to be more sufficient with their work. I also think that crime goes down more when people are doing their best to help out by keeping an eye out, and just thinking before doing something.

  • Ty Sweno

    In my community violent crime has decreased according to this graphBut in fact crime in general in my area has decreased according to the graph below.http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/michigan/petoskey.html#.UvmCYLRanKE
    I think this is all possible because of all the laws that are coming into play, people are not able to get away with the crimes that they were able to get away with in the past. There are many times in the past that someone has committed murder and gotten away with it. But nowadays its alot harder for someone to get away with such a crime, with all of the technology we have today we can find someone that committed a murder 10 years ago based on their fingerprints. With all stricter the penalties there are people getting locked away for alot longer, and with the people committing the crimes being locked away there isn’t many more people to commit crimes so there isn’t as many crimes being committed.

  • 18vmon

    As time goes and technology gets more advanced new gadgets start coming out. Police officers are taking advantage of this and using the new technologies to help monitor more people and save lives.

  • 18kgoe

    I agree that smaller communities have less crime.

  • 18jcol

    I think the reason that crime is going down because of the police using different strategies to watch people who could be victims of a crime and people who might commit the crime.

  • 18tmon

    Some American cities have decreased in violent crimes because of better technology, more and smarter police, and tracking potential suspects and victims. But some of the cities that need that the most can’t afford expensive technology. The poverty might be the cause of all the crime and with a lot of crime they might not be making money. I think that instead of trying to stop crime, small cities and communities should work on getting rid of their crime problem at the source like poverty or young kids having too much down time.

  • 18cloc

    Communities are trying their hardest to keep the crime rate down. Sometimes they just can’t do enough to keep it on the low side. Every day a community is working on getting the crime rate lower. I know that crime will never be completely stopped but it can be lowered.

  • 18rche

    I think that the crime rates are increasing in my community because the economy has been bad, and it leads to crimes, making up for the money people aren’t making. Money isn’t circulating, and it is causing the crime rates to increase. It isn’t a good thing, but I think that other communities near me and their crime rates are also increasing as well.

  • 18edau

    A lot of smaller communities usually have less crime and the bigger communities have higher crime rates. A lot of small communities are tighter knit so there isn’t as much crime while big cities don’t have the sense of community that smaller ones have, causing more crime.

  • 18wlam

    I think some american cities have been more successful in reducing their violent crime rate because they are trying harder and they don’t have such a big dropout rate. Most of the people are joining as many gangs because they have a home to go back to. I’m not saying that people in other cities don’t appriciate people as much, but they need to get to know other people before they start making a social class for them. Or before they start bullying these people so that they dropout and join gangs, which is causing the violent crime rate to increase. Dropping out is just one scenario, maybe people at home are being to hard on each other and these people go out, get drunk, and commit a crime, all because of one simple thing that is happening at home or with people you thought cared about you, or you cared about. If people stopped bullying as much and actually tried to stop and not cause people to commit suicide and join gangs, the crime rate might actually drop significantly.

  • Pinya Colada

    I think the reason some some American cities have done better with decreasing crimes than others because some cities aren’t doing well economically, and people get so desperate that they are willing to commit a crime to save themselves.

  • NiRiA

    Yes violent crime is in my community i think violent crimes are in everyones community its just some has less and others more but i do agree with you Bianca Mendez you are so right

  • http://lifeataglacebyshelby.blogspot.com Shelby

    This is a touchy subject, crime is close to a lot of peoples hearts. But we need to put who is at fault, at fault! People are different and act different in every different place. So it is not a law agency’s, we just need to influence the right people to do the right thing.

  • Ashley Douthit

    I think that some cities are more successful than others because it mainly depends on small areas with a larger task force of police men and women. So I think smaller areas with larger protection does make the crime rate go down. I think this is a result of lack of jobs so people have to go out into the crime to find paying jobs to feed their families and pay there bills. I don’t think there has been a difference in crime rate in my city, but I do see more police cars pro trolling dark streets in the poor economic areas. I hope that there are more good paying jobs out there for people who really need them. I believe that doing this will definitely make the crime rates go down everywhere.

  • JayWolf

    Crime happens wherever there are people. Places with more people=Places with more crime, however I think there is something to be said for that the crackdown on crime is less stressed outside of cities. Overall I think that outside of cities there is not very much emphasis on beating out crime simply because it is not necessary, overall there is much much more crime in cities.

  • Alyse R Lewis

    I think part If the reason is because technology is advancing quickly. How many people have a security system in their house? I also thing people are getting smarter, they don’t leave their doors unlocked or leave valuable things out in the open. We don’t live in a world that we can trust people anymore and I think people think we do.

  • CJofGrove

    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/petoskey/crime/

    I live in Petoskey, MI. Here, the crime rates are so low that the average citizen hardly hears about them! Therefore, I can not very well infer about the crime rate fluctuation in my area.

  • corrina cowden

    @KQEDEdspace I believe that crime is increasing in our community. Back in the day people would let their child walk home with out worrying as much as they do today.
    Back in the day people could own shot guns to kill animals. Today people have to have permission to own a hand held gun. That is why I believe the crime is increasing in our community #donowcrime #davisss

  • Hannah

    I agree that in smaller communities, such as Petoskey, tends to have more wealthy people which would result in less crime such as robberies and murder because no one needs to steal from poverty as apposed to Detroit. My link goes to the crime rate from 2001 to 2011. which as you can see, out of all the little communities around us such as Charlevoix we have less crime rates. I feel its based on class and the good policing systems and how we approach it.

    http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Petoskey-Michigan.html

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  • Dylan Roberts 3rd period

    Small cities it is easier to keep hold of laws and enforce them, because it is a smaller amount of people to go after. Rather in a large city there are many more to go after for a crime, making it longer and less likely to find the suspect.

  • Adrian A.

    I think small towns are easier to keep the crime down and has a decrease in violent crimes rather than big cities.

  • Angelo

    I think it depends on the size of the city. If it were small, people would be caught in the act, but in a giant city, you can easily lose the police. Living in a almost empty town has it advantages

  • gerardo silva

    I think the way the city is treated by the people and the police effects the way things would run. If there are many parks and bigger shopping centers, then the city would look clean which means that people would want to treat it clean. But if its a trashy city then the majority of people will treat it with no respect.

  • Richard Jepsen

    Yes, crime rates have dropped down in my city because of new policies that have been added. Not only in the local communities, but in the overall states themselves because they are passing not just city and/or county laws, but they are creating state laws that allow a more organized society with more regulations.