Headline RoundupJune 12th, 2024

FBI Preliminary Data Shows a 'Historic' Decrease in Violent Crime

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Preliminary statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported a sharp decline in violent crime in the first quarter of 2024. 

Key Quote: The FBI released a statement reading, “Murder decreased by 26.4 percent, rape decreased by 25.7 percent, robbery decreased by 17.8 percent, and aggravated assault decreased by 12.5 percent. Reported property crime also decreased by 15.1 percent.” Attorney General Merrick Garland called the drop “historic,” stating that the data “represents people whose lives were saved — people who are still here to see their children grow up, to work toward fulfilling their dreams, and to contribute to their communities.”

Data Skepticism: Both Newsweek (Center bias) and Reason (Lean Right bias) noted concerns that the FBI’s data is not a holistic representation of crime in America. Newsweek quoted multiple sources attributing the decline to changes in reporting standards and a “collapse in the criminal justice system.” Reason cited a study determining that “fewer than half of violent crimes (excluding murder) and property crimes are reported to the police.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum highlighted a disparity between the statistics showing a decline in crime and polls showing a public perception that crime is a pressing issue. NBC News (Lean Left bias) highlighted the political implications of the report, stating that the data could “undermine what has been a regular campaign talking point for Donald Trump,” who claims that President Joe Biden has led to an increase in crime.

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