U.S. criminologists studying the latest violent crime data said the sharp increase in homicides in many cities across the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021 bodes well for a summer of violent crime across the country, U.S. media AXIS reported Monday.
From Washington to Louisville, Kentucky, from New York to Oakland, California, from Kansas City to Atlanta, homicides are on the rise in cities large and small in the United States, the report said.
Crime analyst Jeff Ashe collected samples of 37 U.S. cities with data available in the first three months of 2021, showing an 18 percent increase in homicides in those areas compared to the same period in 2020. Crime in major U.S. cities in 2020 is already up about 33 percent from 2019. In 2020, New York City recorded 462 homicides, an increase of nearly 45 percent.
The report says that while there is a strong desire to identify the significant increase in homicides in 2020 and 2021 as an anomaly caused by the new outbreak, the number of multiple homicides in the United States has been on the rise in the years leading up to the outbreak.
And this summer, america’s crime rate will be at a historic high. The report quoted John Roman, an expert at the University of Chicago, as saying that the United States will have a summer of unusual violence in 2021.