Violent crime dropped more than 4 percent in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same months in 2017, the best six-month change in at least four years, newly released semiannual figures from the FBI show.
Led by a 12.5 percent decrease in robbery, other violent crime categories showed drops of 6.7 percent (murder and non-negligent manslaughter) and 2 percent (aggravated assault). Rape showed a 0.6 percent increase after the previous year’s 2.4 percent semiannual drop.
The 2017-to-2018 violent crime decreases cut across cities of all sizes and most regions, with police agencies in the West showing the only increase. Year-to-year comparisons for the first six months of each year show a slight decrease from 2016 to 2017, and increases in the previous two years.
The Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report statistics showed property crime down year over year by 7.2 percent, with burglary showing the greatest decrease, at 12.7 percent, its best first-half semiannual drop since at least 2014-15. Arson also showed a significant decrease, 9.4 percent. Brennan Center’s Ames Grawert, senior counsel in the Justice Program, hailed the new report as “rebutting any claims of a nationwide crime wave.”