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Why the Detroit Crime Rate is Dropping, By Gary Wilson

| May 15, 2017
The Detroit crime rate has seen a significant decline in the last few years. However, it still has a higher crime rate than all but one other US city. What has caused this decrease and what does it mean for the city?

The History of Crime in Detroit

For decades, Detroit has been notorious for its high crime rate. The trouble dates all the way back to the 1920s, during the Prohibition. Like most cities at the time, Detroit had a secret alcohol trade. The “Purple Gang” was in charge of all of the city’s illegal activities. Crime became a major issue.

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