Survey Suggests Violent Crime is on the Rise

Despite a decline in homicides, a new poll reveals the amount of violent crime increased significantly across the United States this year. It is on track to reach pre-pandemic levels.

Homicides Decrease, While Other Violent Crimes Soar

The Serious Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) reported 236,962 major crime occurrences, up from 226,967 during the same time last year, in its midyear comparison survey. These incidents included robberies and violent assaults.

According to MCCA data, overall violent crime rose by a little over 4% in 2022, in comparison to the same period in 2021.

The largest cities in the US and Canada are represented by the MCCA, an association of police executives. Over 70 significant U.S. agencies of law enforcement were polled for the report.

Shocking Statistics

According to the data, robberies increased to 60,174 in the first half of this year from 53,212 in 2021, an almost 12-percent increase. Aggravated assaults increased to 156,735 from 152,760 in 2021, an increase of 2.5%.

According to the data, killings and rapes decreased somewhat, despite a rise in violent crimes. In the first half of 2022, there were 4,511 reported homicides, as opposed to 4,624 in the same period the previous year, a two percent reduction.

Rape decreased as well, falling by 5% to 15,541 cases in the first half of this year from 16,371 cases.

Homicide rates did not, however, decrease nationwide. In fact, some cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, New Orleans, and Phoenix, witnessed an increase in killings so far this year.

Along with other cities, rapes increased in Chicago, Columbus, Fort Worth, Miami, and New York.

Murder, sexual assault, theft, and aggravated battery were all on the increase this year, according to a separate study of nine law enforcement organizations in Canada.

Sexual assaults increased by 4,825 from 4,089 in 2021. Killings increased to 136 from 118, according to the report. Additionally, robberies increased to 4,970 this year from 3,657 in 2021. Violent assaults totaled 561 from 522 in 2022.



This year has seen a number of large-scale shootings in the United States, notably the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas. This claimed the lives of 19 students and two adults.

The Biden administration tightened gun control legislation in response to the massacres in an effort to keep violent persons from getting access to weapons.

Republicans have countered that such limitations violate law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Many law enforcement departments around the United States have been experiencing a wave of understaffing, which they claim further aggravated the situation.

Some analysts blamed severe COVID-19 regulations for an increase in violence, coupled with increasing anti-police rhetoric.

According to Senior Vice President of the National Association of Chiefs of Police Brian C. Smith, “We still lack sufficient personnel and we have deficits everywhere.”

Nearly 40% of law enforcement organizations nationwide, including the Los Angeles Police Department and New York City Police Department, failed to disclose their 2021 crime data to the FBI.

This is according to information provided to Axios Local through a collaboration with The Marshall Project.