Good News — Homicides in the Workplace Continues to Fall


The U.S. Justice Department says homicides in the workplace have fallen steadily and have dropped over 50% from 1994 to 2019. That’s the last year from the department’s statistics. They hit a high of 1,080 in 1994.

Oddly, while homicides have fallen radically, the number of nonfatal incidents has risen.

In the 27-year period from 1994 to 2019 we saw 17,865 workplace murders. Of those, 82% were male and 46% were white. African Americans accounted for 25% of them and Latino individuals were involved in 16% of the homicides.

  • *Shooting accounted for 79% of the deaths
  • *Stabbing, cutting, slashing and piercing had 9% of them
  • *The other kinds of deaths came from hitting and kicking

    Time of day came into play in the statistics starting in 2015. From 2015 to 2019:

  • *19% of workplace homicides were from 8pm to 11:59pm
  • *49% came about from 8am to 7:59pm
  • *23% happened between midnight and 7:59am

In the non-violent category, 1.3 million crimes happened between 1992 and 2019. Complete strangers accounted for 47% of them. Female victims were almost always likely to know their assailant.

The report also addressed nonfatal incidents, which increased from 2015 to 2019 due to increase in simple assault,” which saw a 34% uptick over four years.

Also, when it comes to non-fatal incidents, 78% of the offenders were unarmed.

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