Violent crime reports increased last year in the U.S. 0.7 percent, the FBI said today. Property crime reports went down 0.9 percent. The FBI reports reflect incidents reported to local law enforcement agencies, only a fraction of the actual total. The estimated rate of violent crime was 386.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,859.2 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. While the violent crime rate was virtually unchanged compared to 2011, the property crime rate fell 1.6 percent.
Among an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes, murder was up 1.1 percent, forcible rape up .2 peercent, and aggravated assault up 1.1 percent. The estimated number of robbery offenses dropped 0.1 percent. Among an estimated 8,975,438 property crimes, burglaries declined 3.7 percent and motor vehicle thefts increased 0.6 percent. Some 14,006 law enforcement agencies reported staffing levels to the FBI. As of October 31, 2012, they collectively employed 670,439 sworn officers and 285,883 civilians, a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants.