Recession? Check. So Where’s the Crime?

Now that New York City has been divested of its Wall Street riches and boomtime economy, it can go back to being a crime-infested war zone, right? Wrong. Violent crime in New York has fallen significantly compared to this time last year: murder is down 21 percent, rapes and robberies are down by nearly as much. Add that to the pile of evidence against the idea that recessions increase violent crime. One thing that is on the rise: Peace Corps applications, up 47 percent over last year in the New York regional office and 16 percent nationally. Remember that old saw about money being the root of all evil? [%comments]

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  1. deeznuts says:

    Have they really fallen or is this a classic case of police under-reporting / mis-reporting ? Wouldn’t be the first time.

    (Jaded Cynic)

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  2. george says:

    It’s the “Love of money is the root of all evil” not money it self.

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  3. kip says:

    People always quote that wrong. The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, it says that the *love* of money is the root of all evil. The money isn’t what’s bad, it’s greed.

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  4. George Smith says:

    Could crime rates in NYC not be rising because the economy hasn’t quite effected the poor in the city? The initial group hurt from this recession – especially in the NY area – were the wealthy financial types or those with mortgages in places outside the city. NYC poor are mostly renters. They work wage jobs that probably haven’t been cut because the economic effects haven’t trickled down there. Job losses in NY seem to be coming from the middle ground. I don’t know – these are observations and some assumptions – but it could be worth looking into….

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  5. Griff says:

    I thought that in a recession, violent crime went down and property crime went up ?

    e.g. ‘The Police Federation of England and Wales has conducted research which shows that when the economy is in recession property crime tends to grow relatively quickly’

    (from Police Federation website)

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  6. Mike B says:

    If most crime these days are drug related, perhaps the recession has reduced demand for drugs and hence reduced drug market side effects.

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  7. Keating Six says:

    Does this add weight to the idea that crime stats correlate with trends in age demographics?

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  8. Kathy A. says:

    I wonder what the effect is on property crime? Our business was broken in to last month, and our police department told us that there had been a sharp rise in thefts the last six months. But, one small town is an awfully small sample size…

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