Crime Dropping in Major Cities
Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York are on track to record the fewest homicides in 40 years, and other major cities across the country are experiencing similar trends.
"'Experts did not see this coming at all,' said Andrew Karmen, a criminologist and professor of sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
In the District and Prince George's County, homicides are down about 17 percent this year.
Criminologists have different theories about why crime is down so much, although many agree that the common belief that crime is connected to the economy is false."