Special Report

Cities Where It's Easiest to Get Away With Murder

Evan Comen

America’s police departments closed the book on 61.5% of all reported homicides in 2015. Police devote more time and resources to violent crime, and the clearance rate for homicide is the highest of any offense.

There is a large discrepancy in the rate of solved murders across U.S. cities. While more than 90% of murders are solved in 36 cities, in some parts of the country more murders go unsolved than solved. In 22 cities, the homicide clearance rate is below 40%.

To determine the cities where it is easiest to get away with murder, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed clearance rates by metropolitan area for the period of 2005 through 2015 based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.

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