Georgia State University criminal justice professor Volkan Topalli said those numbers, which have steadily decreased over the last five years, provide a more accurate barometer of crime trends because they affect more people.
The outlook remains positive nationwide, according to Law Enforcement Leaders, a group of 150 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs and district, state and federal attorneys.
“Crime in the U.S. is at an all-time low across the country, and we expect it to stay that way,” the group’s chairman, Ronal Serpas, said in a statement. “Despite some misleading reports about a surge in crime rates, the data show just the opposite. In fact, as recent studies show, the overall crime rate will be lower this year than it was last year, and half of what it was in 1990.”