Debunking Crime Stereotypes

Posted: March 21, 2014 in crime, Mysteries, Suspense, Thrillers, Uncategorized, Writing
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Despite the stereotypes, crime doesn’t always happen on a dark, stormy night. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, only 3 out of 10 crimes happen between 6 p.m. and midnight.

And crime doesn’t always happen in the city, either. My crime novels have taken place in the Adirondack Mountains or the Catskills, and someone recently asked me why I’m attracted to rural areas. My answer came quickly. Crime is less prevalent in rural areas, so it’s more shocking. But the statistics from the National Center for Victims of Crime proved me wrong. There is only a nominal difference in the crime rates.

“The rate of violent crime known to law enforcement within metropolitan areas is 428.3 per 100,000 persons. The rate of violent crime per 100,000 persons in cities outside metropolitan areas is 399.7.”


“Metropolitan cities had a murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate known to law enforcement of 5.0 per 100,000 persons. Cities outside metropolitan areas had a murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate of 3.6 per 100,000 persons while non-metropolitan counties had a rate of 3.2 per 100,000 persons.”

Perhaps Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said it best in the Sherlock Holmes book, The Copper Beeches: “It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

  1. rogerswritings says:

    Someone has done their homework … Congratulations. It is nice to know that type of information, and learn to avoid the dark night’s when writing crime stories.

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