Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: 2021 Year-End Update

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Published by the Council of Criminal Justice (CCJ), this report discusses updates on criminal activity throughout 2021. In this year-end update, 27 American cities are examined for criminal activity involving violent crimes, property and drug offenses. Key findings include the following:

  • The 2020–2021 rate of homicide increased by five percent;
  • 2021 aggravated and gun assault rates increased by four percent and eight percent, respectively (based on a subset of just 12 cities);
  • Domestic violence incidents in 11 cities increased by almost four percent; and
  • There was a 14 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts in 2021.

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