(Source: https://www.brookings.edu/research/ten-economic-facts-about-crime-and-incarceration-in-the-united-states/)

More often than not, the students of General and Business English face with the task of describing graphs or analyze statistics. Definitely, it can be a challenge for the students of Law Enforcement English. In the following let us examine the basics of describing trends and graphs:


Example 1.

From the 1960s to the 1980s in the graph above there is an increase of crime rate, so we can say that crime rate lifts or rises.

Example 2.

However, from the 1990s until the 2010s there is a decrease in these rates, so crime rate falls or declines.

Both examples are big changes so they increase and decrease sharply, while smaller changes in the graph can be described as slight changes. (They increase or decrease slightly).

The graph also fluctuates so, there isn’t a part where the graph stays the same or remain steady.