(PresidentialInsider.com)- Across the country, violent crime has been on the rise over the last year, and it doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon.
The FBI released preliminary data for 2020, which showed the murder rate increased by roughly 25%, going above the 20,000 mark for the first time in more than 25 years.
The FBI data also showed crimes such as assault, robbery and rape also increased exponentially in 2020. Overall, this increase marks the largest increase in overall violence since the 1960s.
While no one particular thing is to blame for the increase in violence, the pandemic is at least partly responsible. Experts have said mental health issues have been on the rise since the pandemic started, and that’s especially true among younger people.
In fact, many people have said the past year was “a perfect storm” that led to the massive increase in violent crimes. At the same time that the pandemic raged on, riots that stemmed from Black Lives Matter protests began and the country collapsed economically due to restrictions put in place for the coronavirus.
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, recently tweeted his thoughts on the reasons for the increase in violent crimes:
In D.C. so far there’s a 300% increase in car theft! When I was Mayor of NYC, we reduced auto theft by over 80%. But even worse there is a violent crime epidemic. It’s 100% the result of reckless and dangerous policies advocated by BLM and embraced by Democrats.”
In the last year, the country’s major cities experienced a 33% increase in homicides. In addition, 63 of the 66 largest police jurisdictions in the country saw an increase in at least one violent crime category in 2020. These include aggravated assault, robbery, rape and homicide.
The only three cities that didn’t experience an uptick in those categories were Raleigh, North Carolina, Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
Ray Kelly, a resident of Baltimore who serves as the lead community liaison for the Consent Decree Monitoring Team and also as the director of the Citizens Policing Project, told CNN:
“The people in our communities are not desensitized to violence. Every incidence of violence potentially destroys families, and we cannot confuse people’s perseverance and willingness to survive as tolerance or complacency.”
The COVID-19 pandemic challenged police forces in ways that other times did not. Police officers had to quarantine at times because of exposure to coronavirus or positive tests in the department. That reduced the number of available officers who could be on normal patrol, help out with other investigations or assist with coverage for protests.
The violent crimes didn’t stop when the calendar turned to 2021, either.
Laura Cooper, the executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, said that many major cities are still experiencing a high rate of violent crimes. She said:
“Some cities are set to outpace last year’s numbers.”
That’s quite a scary proposition, considering violent crime was so high in 2020 as is.