Violent Crime Reports Up 5.3% in First Half of 2016

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Violent crime reports around the U.S. increased by 5.3 percent in the first six months of last year compared with the same period in 2015, the FBI reported today. Each offense in the violent crime category went up: murders by 5.2 percent, robberies 3.2 percent, rapes by 3.5 percent (under the FBI’s modernized definition), and aggravated assaults 6.5 percent.

Among cities, violent crime rose the most over the previous year (9.7 percent) in places with populations of 1,000,000 and over. Property crime overall dropped 0.6 percent during the period, with burglaries down 3.4 percent and larceny-thefts were down 0.8 percent, but motor vehicle thefts increased by 6.6 percent. The data are based on reports to local law enforcement agencies.

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