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For the past several months Americans have regularly listed crime and violence as the number - one problem facing the nation far surpassing worries over the economy or health care Despite the many government and community initiatives launched during recent years to reduce crime most Americans see no improvement In a 1993 survey asking respondents if they felt crime was increasing or decreasing in their areas only 5 felt that it was decreasing a full 93 felt that crime was either increasing or staying the same And it is not just statistics I consider myself along with those 93 Because while Guiliani administration is talking about crime rates in the New York City going down all I see and hear in the media are reports about horrible crimes committed by New Yorkers As George Pettinico states in his article Crime and punishment America changes its mind The medias extensive coverage of crime especially the most brutal and horrific cases have heightened the publics fear and anger over this issue to a near frenzy When asked in January of this year How often do you see reports of violent crime on television 68 replied almost every day Although the media have played an important role in raising the publics awareness of lawlessness crime in America is far from a media - created phenomenon Government statistics support the image of a nation which has overwhelmingly lost the war against crime For instance in 1960 there were 161 reported violent crimes per 100000 people By 1992 the figure had jumped to 758 per 100000 -- a rise of over 350 More and more people today are starting to think that something is terribly wrong when a modern civilized nation must confront statistics like these The American public is demanding an end to this
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