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U.S. Murders Down During Recession

Despite high unemployment and hard economic times, crime overall is down and violent crimes like murder and manslaughter have sustained a 10% drop from last year according to FBI reports. According to the data crime rates are the lowest they’ve been since the 1960’s. These numbers are incredibly surprising to experts who have observed crime spikes in past periods of economic downturn. Richard Rosenfeld, a professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri says that several factors may be contributing to these stats. Here are a few of his theories.

1) Extended Unemployment Benefits/Government Aid

Some government-funded programs and stimulus packages under the Obama Administration have helped ease and delay harsh impacts for some. Those affected by job loss and layoffs may also have a small cushion of moderate income or assistance during periods of unemployment.

2) Harder To Break In Homes

Since more people are off from work its harder to break in homes and apartments because somebody is around to prevent it. This could be contributing to the 4.4% drop in property crimes.

3) Big Cities Reducing Crime

Big cities like New York, LA, and Chicago have a decrease in crime causing National Statistics to drop.

4) Technology

Auto theft has shown a 19% decrease which some believe is due to advancements in theft deterrent systems and tracking that comes on most newer model cars.

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Real Talk for the Day…



“Nearly 3.4 million jobs have been lost in the first half of 2009, more than 3.1 million lost in all of 2008.

On the bright side, some workers who are getting laid-off are now getting re-hired by those same companies as employers begin noticing they’ve made personel cuts to deep.  CNN reports eighteen percent of laid-off workers who landed new positions were rehired by the same employer that let them go, up from 13% in 2005.


Savvy Investment?!?!

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First, I want to say Happy Memorial Day to everyone who checks out our blog.

During the Memorial Day Weekend, I saw an interview Soulja Boy had w/ The View.  For those who are unfamiliar w/ the young music hit maker, his rise to fame came from YouTube, where he’d post his videos online and gain a big fan following.  That caught the attention of record executives, and from there he shocked the world w/ songs like “Crank Dat”, “Kiss Me Thru the Phone”, & “Turn My Swag On”.  He came off as a respectable young teenager, with a passion for entertainment when discussing his past.  Whoopi Goldberg asked him his hardest question though when she said “Tell me about your education…Are you checking everything yourself so you know how your business is going?”

Now I first want to applaud him for getting his High school diploma because I was unaware that he had done so, but the thing I noticed as he discussed “how he wants to go to college”, was the large amount of jewelry he wore.  He had multiple rings on, a huge chain & Soulja Boy Tellem pendant, and a larger than life bracelet.  Being on top of your money is more than having business savvy people taking care of your finances.  It has more to do w/ making smart investments and having all that jewelry is not a smart investment.  Barbara Walters closes the interview by suggesting that he tones down the jewelry and make better investments in things that appreciate w/ time and don’t depreciate.  I also recall a recent video from TMZ where Soulja Boy had just left the Louis Vuitton store and showed the receipt to the paparazzi.  The bill was over $12,000.  

Youth: Clothes, Jewelry, & Cars DEPRECIATE with time, meaning they lose value with time.  Things such as houses, painting, and property APPRECIATE with time meaning they gain value.  Many people commit crimes b/c they dont have money and are desperate to make ends meat. Making better investments are crucial, especially in trying times of Recession!!!

Click here for the full interview on The View