crime wave


: a sudden increase in the amount of crime in an area

Examples of crime wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If convicted Grier, like the four other Americans, faces a mandatory prison sentence in the territory, which two years ago implemented tough gun-laws to curb a violent crime wave and opted to hold tourists to the same standard as locals. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 17 May 2024 Rodney Alcala was only in the city a week before adding to the New York crime wave. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 14 May 2024 Because before, kids are watching TV and then, much later, there is a crime wave, but it can’t be tightly linked to TV. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2024 Cash-in-transit, or CIT, heists are one of the most dramatic illustrations of a crime wave that has shocked even the most hardened South Africans. David McKenzie, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Yet much of the public still thinks the U.S. is in the midst of a crime wave. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 The infamous and bloodthirsty MS-13 gang may be exploring an alliance with a gang of Venezuelan migrants blamed for a crime wave in New York City and trying to plant roots in other parts of the United States, according to the FBI. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 Some of the arrests recently made in relation to the crime wave have been Venezuelan migrants. Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 The arrests on Thursday, however, were unrelated to that crime wave. Will McCarthy, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024

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“Crime wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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