The murder total in the United States increased slightly in the first six months of 2003 compared with the same period last year, the FBI said today. Overall, violent crime reports were down 3.1 percent and property crime down .8 percent in the period surveyed, the FBI said.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports is a compilation of crimes reported to nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies. Trends in some crime categories may not be evident from compilations that do not include crime that is not reported to authorities, but the murder total is regarded as the most accurate component of the FBI study.
The most significant increase in murders occurred in the Northeast, 4.3 percent. Southern and Western states also recorded increases.
Other violent crime categories were down, ranging from a robbery decrease of under 1 percent or aggravated assaults and forcible rapes down about 4 percent.