Is Lexington About to Become More Violent? (No)

Lexington County enjoys one of South Carolina’s lowest crime rates, particularly violent crime.  This is emphasized in a recent article in The State newspaper.

FindTheHome looked at the 2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report (latest complete data), visualizing the data and identifying the counties with the highest violent crime rates. Violent crime is defined as offenses that involve force or threat of force. This list contains the top 30 counties in the U.S. with the highest crime rates per 100,000 people.

The violent crime rate is the total number of crimes reported to law enforcement agencies within a county per 100,000 people. The data analysts used population estimates from the 2014 American Community Survey. Only counties with a population greater than 1,000 are considered.

Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.

According to FBI statistics, Lexington County suffered 255 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2014.  Not good, of course, but, when compared to our neighbor to the east, it’s excellent.  Richland County had three times as many violent crimes as Lexington – 778/100,000.

So?  Why the question about Lexington becoming more violent.

Well, a candidate for Lexington County Council and a few anti-progress organizations are appealing to citizens to vote down a proposed 1% sales tax because – Richland has it and Richland is corrupt.

Oh, but were that a joke, but it isn’t.

Using the curious logic practiced by these folks, it would certainly follow that, since they believe “as goes Richland, so goes Lexington,” our violent crime rate is soon to equal that of our neighbors across the river.  

I don’t believe that and, I have faith that most Lexingtonians don’t either.  But this candidate and his retrogressive counterparts seem to think that we don’t have the character, class or common sense to know and do what’s best for Lexington.  They want us to believe we are no better than Richland County.  Perhaps they think we are unable to conduct ourselves without being shown how by the home to our capital city.

Maybe they want to convince us that if they aren’t put in power, we will devolve into the social and political cesspool that is Richland County and only they can prevent our demise!

I hope they don’t ask Richland County for help!

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