Throughout it’s complex history, Chester has found a wide array of issues challenging the community. One of the most prominent problems in recent years has the been the continuous rise of crime, and violent crime in particular, in the Chester area. Though some argue that this is an expected result of economic setbacks, the community sees a major problem that needs to be rectified immediately.

In this section, we will explore in-depth not only how crime trends and causes have evolved in Chester over the past few decades, but also how the community has responded to this issue and what measures have been taken to address it. From this comprehensive overview, we hope to form a cohesive understanding of how this unfortunate aspect of Chester’s development has come to be.