Violent crime reports to U.S. law enforcement agencies last year increased 1.2 percent, the FBI said today in a preliminary report. Property crime reports were down .8 percent. The final report usually isn’t out until September. Western states experienced the largest increase in reported violent crime, up 3.3 percent, and the Northeast experienced the only decrease, down .6 percent. The FBI compilation is based on reports to law enforcement; the U.S. Justice Department’s victimization survey, due out later in the year, includes estimates of unreported crimes.
The FBI says the Northeast was the only section of the U.S. in which all 4 violent crime categories–murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, went down. The West had the only increase in reported property crime, up 5.2 percent. The number of reported motor vehicle thefts grew by 10.6 percent in the West while declining in other regions. The number of reported arson incidents was down 1.2 percent.