The Falling Crime Rate May Be Tied To Religion Statistics Suggest.


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Daily Brain Freeze – A question asked by so many in not only the U.S. (link) but around the world(link). They (the experts) of course have numerous theories as to why, ranging from stricter sentencing to better technology. This new trend has been happening since the 1990’s steadily declining every year, in every country/state, city, with every race, creed/religion, and is not limited to any specific crime. All crimes are seeing significant declines, from petty theft, robbery, crimes against women and children, even murder rates are down. And in every demographic the decline begins in 1990.

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Can it be the stricter sentencing laws in the U.S.?

    Not according to the data which shows similar declines in countries which not only have light sentencing but have made there sentencing laws much lighter since the 1990’s such as Germany and continue to have declines

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It could not be the economy as all countries have had numerous ups and downs since then.

Could it be policing?

Have the police changed the way they do their jobs globally in unisync in 1990? Not likely. Some point to the increased financial aid the U.S. orders during the recession, but the recession did not start for another 15 years later.

How about demographics?

After all the median age is also slowly rising.

Are older people less likely to commit crimes?

Yes statistically they are less likely. But since 1970 the birthrate has been quite stable, and even risen a bit.

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I would like to offer a new perspective on this issue and I am going to start by saying that crimes (minus drug use) are often a reflection of who we are on a deep spiritual level.  We are what we do after all. So what else (spiritually speaking) is happening on this planet since the 1990’s? How about religious attendance.

The decline of religious attendance began just a decade before the crime rate dropped, and it as well is not limited to any country or creed, it is a global phenomenon even effecting Mormons who have over 80,000 missionaries throughout the world, up from 50,000 only a few years ago, yet their growth continues to drop, their growth rate now doesn’t even keep up with their birth rate

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We also see a sharp decline in drug and alcohol abuse in 1990

                                                                                                                                                

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   Can there be a correlation between a decline in religion and a decline in crime?

I’m certain the religious right does not want to address this issue as according to most of their beliefs, Satan by now should have a strong hold on the world and this is his time, the last days when he causes man to make havoc, but it seems this may not be the case. And perhaps there is another factor at play here, as spiritually we seem to be shying away from the strong hold of religion and choosing a more independent and spiritual path, and this path does not seem to take us down a criminal path.

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Property crime correlated with religious attendance

 

Each dot represents a state. There is a positive correlation between property crime and the importance of religion in daily life.
Source: FBI and Gallup.
Each dot represents a state. There is a positive correlation between property crime and the importance of religion in daily life.
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Each dot represents a state. There is a positive correlation between property crime in a state, and religious attendance.

 

 Source: FBI and Gallup.

Each dot represents a state. There is a positive correlation between property crime in a state, and religious attendance.


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