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Published: Monday, September 30, 2013

Letters To The Editor

US crime level hits a historic high

Ted Rudow III, MA, Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA

In the U.S. alone, the statistics for violent crimes are staggering. According to the FBI, on average a person is murdered every 22 minutes; someone is raped every 4 minutes, a robbery is committed every 26 seconds. Citing a commission of crime experts, Reuter reports that U.S. crime levels are even higher:

The Council on Crime in America said in its first report that crime levels “remain at historic highs.” They said official FBI statistics on crime were only the tips of the iceberg. The report said the crime rate — based on surveys of victims and not just crimes reported to the police — show violent crime — including murder, rape, assault and burglary — was 5.6 times higher than those reported.

Murders and suicides (in the U.S.) are now occurring at a rate of more than 145 a day, a rate that is rising. In the past 30 years alone, the total exceeds 1,200,000 people, more than all the men killed in all the wars in the history of the United States. And many of these recent victims are not men and women; they are children.

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