Are there cities in the US where violent crime is sometimes not considered to be newsworthy?
While talking to a friend (who lives in a big city), I mentioned that it seems that there have been more murders than usual on the local news. He commented that it probably seems more shocking or significant here, because they report all of these crimes on our news stations.
And they do. He said that more likely than not, many rapes and murders do not make the news in larger cities, since there would be so many.
However, we did some research, and statistically, your odds of becoming a victim of violent crime are significantly higher living here than they are in all big cities in the US. In 2005 we were rated as the 4th most dangerous city in the country, which sparked an attempt to do something about the serious crime problem. We have been improving ever since, and from the looks of it we had 30 murders in 2011. Statistically it is a very high number for a small city, but compared to larger cities it would seem quite low. Of course, all 30 made the news.
So, in large cities with high violent crime rates… do these crimes always make the news? Even without being a story, is there a mention of these crimes every time it happens, or are they often overlooked due to frequency?
We can’t seem to find a way to figure this out, so I thought I would poll Fluther and see what you all think.