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Trump Says There's A Surge In Violent Crime. Here Are The Numbers.

Yes, major cities saw more homicides in 2015 than the year before. But context is important.

By Zach Toombs | October 9, 2016

"You look at Charlotte," Donald Trump said at Sunday's debate. "You look at Baltimore. You look at the violence that's taking place in the inner cities, Chicago. You take a look at Washington, D.C. We had a increase in murder within our cities, the biggest in 45 years."

Is there a surge in violence across American cities? It's true that major cities saw more homicides in 2015 than the year before. But context is important. That surge is more like a blip in the larger picture, which shows a drastic drop in murder over the past 25 years.

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And progress in cutting crime is even more clear when you look at rates across the U.S. — not just in major cities. Violent crime has plummeted in America and is trending further down.

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