Miami cools it

Fewer deaths hardly seems like a headline for The Reaper, but it’s fascinating how in the US the murder centre of gravity has shifted from Miami, where 300 killings each year were commonplace in the 1980s, to places like Chicago and Baltimore, the latter of which had 309 murders in 2018.

Most big cities in the US saw a drop in the murder rate in 2018 of about 4.4%, year-on-year, and Miami is just a shadow of its former self with just 51 killings, the lowest total since 1967.

If this trend continues we might lose a big chunk of our business…