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US Violent Crime Spikes for 2nd Consecutive Year

27 September 2017

Looking more recently, the statistics released Monday show that the violent crime rate in 2016 was down 18 percent from 2007, while the murder rate was down 6 percent over the same period.

The number of violent crimes reported to Providence police ticked up slightly in 2016, but not at the same pace that homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults have grown throughout the country. The report showed that overall violent crimes increased by 4.1 percent in 2016, after rising by 3.3 percent in 2015.

As a candidate on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump repeatedly cited the murder-rate uptick, which jumped almost 8 percent in 2016, and the overall increase in violent crime as justification for his calls for a return to "law and order". The violent crime rate increases in 2015 and 2016 each represented the largest single-year increases in the violent crime rate since 1991.

The FBI defines violent crimes as homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.

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"(It's) pretty consistent with what we've seen elsewhere: "Some uptick in violent crime and murder this year (2016) relative to last year", said University of Chicago Crime Lab Research Director Max Kapustin.

Ronal Serpas, chairman of a national coalition of police officials known as Law Enforcement Leaders, cautioned that crime still remained at "near all-time lows" despite the recent increases in violence. Property crimes like burglary and vandalism decreased for the 14th year in a row, dropping 1.3 percent, according to the data.

Arrests also dropped, from approximately 10.7 million in 2015 to 10.6 million in 2016.

President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, however, have pointed to the rise in violent crime over the past two years to argue for tougher policing and other law enforcement policies.

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Within San Diego County, there were 32.8 rapes per 100,000 residents past year, 83.7 robberies, 210.8 aggravated assaults, 1,850.1 property crimes, 313.2 burglaries, 1,204.5 thefts or larcenies and 332.4 vehicle thefts.

Chicago, home to less than one percent of the USA population, accounted for more than 20% of the jump in murders nationwide, noted The Brennan Center for Justice.

The stats are compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation using police reports from 18,000 local and state departments.

Meanwhile, the country's murder rate rose to 5.3 per 100,000 residents, marking the second straight year the murder rate has risen following nine years of decreases. "This is a frightening trend that threatens to erode so much progress that had made our neighborhoods and communities safer - over 30 years declines in crime are being replaced by increases".

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That's according to crime statistics released by the FBI Monday, based on a compilation of information reported by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The rate of serious violent and property crimes is at its lowest level since 1966.

US Violent Crime Spikes for 2nd Consecutive Year