While St. Petersburg sees roughly 20 killings each year on average, there were only 15 in 2020. They've had 12 murders and one instance of manslaughter in 2021 alone—13 killings in only the first three months of this year. The city with a population of about 600,000 people has been the site of more than 100 murders since 1970.
The number of homicides in St. Petersburg has risen over the past few decades. There were 89 in 1990, the most recent year for which data is available. That's around 12 per 100,000 people. By comparison, there were 26 homicides in 1970 and 31 in 2000.
St. Petersburg has one of the highest murder rates in the US. According to the FBI, in 1990 there were 88 homicides in St. Petersburg. That's around 11 per 100,000 people. In 2019, there were also 11 homicides in St. Petersburg per 100,000 people. That's higher than both Los Angeles and New York but below Miami (which had 102 homicides that year).
Most of the people killed in St. Petersburg are men between the ages of 20 and 39. African-Americans make up nearly half of those murdered here. Around 70 percent of victims know their killer.
Crime scene photos often reveal signs of violence against women: bruises, cuts, and broken bones.
During a typical year, the crime rate in St. Petersburg is 29.79 per 1,000 people. Residents of St. Petersburg often believe the northeast section of the city to be the safest. Actually, only three neighborhoods in all of St. Petersburg can be considered safe - Bay Lake, The Hillsborough Beaches, and Treasure Island.
The national average is 38.6 crimes per 1,000 people. So yes, crime is bad in St. Petersburg, Florida.
There are several factors that go into determining how safe or dangerous an area is. Crime rates are highest in areas where there is a high concentration of victims/witnesses and offenders. These include schools, parks, streets where there are a lot of people, etc.
Crime rates are also high in areas that get a lot of media attention for their dangeriness. For example, many cities with large drug-related crime scenes see increases in other types of crimes (such as robbery) because they think drugs will be easy to find. Police say not to let this scare you away from visiting these places though.
Finally, crime rates are high in areas where there are a lot of weapons present. Ownership of guns increases the chances of someone getting hurt during a crime.
The 2018 crime rate in St. Petersburg, FL was 624.2 per 100,000 people, a 10.64 percent decrease from 2017. In 2017, the crime rate in St. Petersburg, FL was 698.49 per 100,000 people, a 4.96 percent increase over 2016. St. Petersburg has a lower crime rate than 95.3 percent of the cities in Florida and a higher crime rate than 94.5 percent of the cities in Florida.
The next table shows the number of crimes reported in each category in St. Petersburg in 2017. It also includes statistics for neighboring cities with populations greater than or equal to 20,000 people that are found in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) database.
The numbers in this table are based on data reported to FDLE by local law enforcement agencies. Some counties report only limited information to FDLE, so the numbers here may not be complete. Also, because police departments can decide what crimes to report, these figures should be taken as an estimate of the total number of crimes in St. Petersburg.
There were 7,923 crimes reported in St. Petersburg in 2017, a decrease of 6.42 percent from 8,083 crimes in 2016. The number of homicides increased by one in 2017 compared to 2016. There were 80 murders in St. Petersburg in 2017. This is the first time since 2008 that there have been more than 78 homicides in St. Petersburg.
Figures were gathered from the Russian Federal State Statistics Service for years previous to 2019. The information has been rounded off. From 2000 through 2020, the number of documented killings and attempted homicides in Russia (in 1.000s)
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Although the statistics data appears to be concerning at first look, the country has seen a considerable decrease in the number of homicide incidents. In 2002, Russian police documented over 44 thousand murders and assault-related offences, with roughly a quarter of them committed by people under the influence of alcohol. The rate of alcohol-related crimes has shown a steady decline since 1992, when it reached its peak. There were about 1.5 million robberies and 2.3 million cases of violence against women reported by law enforcement agencies in 2001.
The number of murders has been falling since 1990, when there were almost 6 thousand homicides recorded. In 2001, that figure was around 4 thousand, which is a reduction of 26 percent from the estimated total in 1991. For comparison, according to U.S. figures released in 2004, the national murder rate was 3.4 per 100000 people, while the United Kingdom had a rate of 5.7 per 100000 people.
There have been allegations made by some observers that the drop in homicides is due to increased security measures rather than decreased criminality. However, these claims are not supported by evidence of any kind and are often made by individuals who oppose strong policing practices or want to justify certain events or situations that involve crime.
Overall, Russia has experienced a significant decline in violent crime over the past two decades. The number of murders has dropped by more than half and violence against women has been reduced by nearly one third.