The year 2020 will go down as an exceptional one, and mostly for the wrong reasons. When it comes to crimes in the Tallahassee region and across the U.S., news reports show some atypical data trends.
A look at some of these reports provide further evidence of this unusual year.
Tallahassee violent crimes up in August
Tallahassee Reports discovered that violent crimes in the region increased by 64% when comparing August 2019 to August 2020. This continued a trend in the area that began in May of 2020. Tallahassee Police reports show that assaults and armed robbery contributed the most to the increase.
Law enforcement reported 64 violent crime incidents in August of 2019, and 105 incidents in August of 2020. In May of 2020, local authorities began to see a surge in violent crimes. Weekly violent crimes increased to 25.3 weekly incidents, up from 12.8 weekly violent incidents from earlier in 2020. Authorities count murder, robbery, rape and assault and battery as violent crimes.
Murders up but overall crime down in many cities
The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that overall crime for 25 large U.S. cities decreased by 5.3% in 2020. However, the same report showed that murders in these cities increased by 16.1% compared to the previous year. Murders and other violent crimes rarely move in opposite directions, making 2020 an atypical year in this regard.
Authorities speculated on possible reasons for this unusual trend. The COVID-19 pandemic required people to stay at home for long periods of time, creating unique situations for domestic violence to erupt. The shutdown of some social services also likely led to an increase in stress among people.