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Crime is on the rise, but awareness is not, according to poll

Crime is up, but fewer Americans are noticing, according to the latest Gallup poll.
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Crime is up, but fewer Americans are noticing, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

In 2012, 26 people were victimized per 1,000 households, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. But fewer Americans think crime is up.

While 68% of Americans said crime was up in 2010 (when 19 in every 1,000 were victimized), just 64% said they felt there was more crime in this year’s poll.

The drop comes as crime rises for the second year in a row and as mass shootings have become a more regular occurrence, including a high-profile shooting in September at Washington’s Navy Yard base.

A majority almost always says crime is up, Gallup notes, so “the relative percentage is more important.”

Americans are more worried about crime elsewhere than in their own backyards.

Just 41% of Americans told pollsters they were worried about crime in their own neighborhood, down seven points from the previous year.