Chalk outline at a crime sceneThere are many crimes that are most prevalent in San Diego, California, some that are even more on the violent side. One of these is homicide. In 2015, San Diego County murders were up a surprising 12%. This means that last year, 83 people became victims of this violent crime that literally takes lives. In 2015 alone, 12 victims were due to murder-suicides, which increased a whopping 500% from 2014 to 2015. Of all these murders, many victims were 29 or younger and more males were prone to be shot.

As it stands, San Diego still has the lowest murder rate among the 10 largest cities in the country for a fifth straight year. Some of the states with the highest murder rates were Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The department had to investigate an unfortunate 37 killings versus the 32 in 2014. This came out to approximately 2.7 murders per 100,000 residents.

Speculation on the Increase in Homicides

University of Central Florida Professor Jay Corzine has studied violence for decades and took notice of the increase across the country. He has speculated that there are actually a number of reasons why these incidents occur. He believes that a lot of it has to do with the fact that police are taking less proactive approaches when it comes to crime. Being less aggressive in taking measures to combat crime by preventing it in the first place can make things more difficult. Many deaths are also found to be related to the drug trade and gang violence, which has led to the deterioration to many neighborhoods. It may be hard to predict what we will see in the future, but one thing is true – if you are in need of an attorney to help you with your case, we are here for you. If you have any questions regarding a murder case, we can help answer your questions. Call us now.