One of the facts that may get lost in a lot of the spectacle of the last year in U.S. politics is that crime rates have actually declined over the last quarter-century. And actually, that doesn't quite get the sentiment across. Crime rates have been plummeting since 1993. According to FBI data, from 1993 to 2015 the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents in the U.S. has fallen from 747.1 to 372.6.
Similarly, property crimes have fallen by nearly 50 percent during that same time frame, with the number of 4,740 such incidents per 100,000 residents in 1993 falling to just 2,487 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2015. Crime continues to fall, and that is certainly a good thing.