Trump Fact Check: No, Crime Is Not Getting Worse In The United States

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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During his speech on the final night of the Republican convention, Trump offered a dark description of violence and crime in the United States, arguing that crime rates have increased under President Obama.

“Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement,” Trump said.

However, violent crime rates in the United States have been on the decline since the 1990s, according to FBI statistics.

And the violent crime rate has generally decreased under Obama, as shown in this FBI chart showing the trend from 2010 to 2014.

The FBI reported in January that compared to the first half of 2014, crime rates in the first half of 2015 increased. But the Bureau has not yet released statistics for the entirety of 2015.

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