The United states of America has seen a rise in not only crime in the year 2020, but violent crime as well. According to the Washington Post violent crime has gone up 20.9 percent since 2019.

“The United States has experienced the largest single one-year increase in homicides since the country started keeping such records in the 20th century, according to crime data and criminologists.”

The Quad Cities has also been seeing a staggering number of criminal reports not only in 2020, but 2021 as well.

This month alone has given us some frightening headlines. Taking a look at just this week, we see a handful of concerning lines.

Posted on March 9th we saw the headline "Davenport Police respond to 4 shots fired calls in a 24 hour span."

The first was at 15 and Gaines just after 5 p.m. on Monday, where officers found at least 27 shell casings. Police confirm a house and a car were struck by gunfire. Three hours later, bullets rang out again at West 34th and Hillandale Road. Police found one person with a gunshot wound inside an apartment. That person was taken to the hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

This headline was posted March 10th, "Police pursuit ends in East Moline after shots fired in Moline."

The Moline Police originally responded to a domestic disturbance between a male and female in the area of 13th Street and 12th Avenue. The female victim called 9-1-1 after the male, who was chasing her in a black Dodge car, shot at her.

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That's only a few of the reports from this week alone. Experts view the surge as the result of stresses from a pandemic, that is only looking at the most basic level of analysis, but it seems to hold true.

2020 and 2021 has left many people feeling alone, scared, and angry. People have also reported feeling trapped. All these things are coming together not only in the Quad Cities, but all over the United States to create a rise in crime. Many are looking for ways to help reduce it. 

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