Gang membership up, but crime dropping

United Press International | November 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1  — Membership in gangs in the United States has increased by 25 percent in five years but violent crimes, overall, have declined, a survey shows.

Gangs in the country have about 1 million members, it says.

Although gang membership traditionally has been a trigger for violent crime, murder and other violent offenses have declined substantially in much of the country, USA Today reported.

Nationally, violent crime has sunk to its lowest levels since 1973, dropping from 19.3 incidents per 1,000 people in 2008 to 17.1 incidents in 2009, the National Criminal Victimization Survey said.

“With gangs usually comes a lot of violence; we’re looking at this very closely,” said John Moore, director of the National Gang Center, a branch of the Justice Department.

Authorities said the drop in murders and other violence is the result of the imprisonment of high-ranking gang members.

Article continues at: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/11/01/Gang-membership-up-but-crime-dropping/UPI-34081288618261/

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