This research examines the relationship between international economic trends and crime rates in large urban areas. More precisely, it examines the influence of the recent economic recession on violent crime in globalized cities. The outcomes of this research provide a better understanding of the influence of macroeconomic phenomena (international recession and globalization) on crime trends in large cities. To define guidelines for future public policies, this research scrutinizes the preventive and deteriorating factors-associated with the “globalized nature” of selected large citiesthat could directly and/or indirectly affect crime rates during a recession period. According to this economic perspective, crime rates can be considered as a performance measure, which could be used to assess the aptitude of local governance to curb the negative impacts of an international economic downturn.