Defense Against Crime

06/06/2013

Is the Crime Rate going UP or DOWN?

Filed under: Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 11:18 AM
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I keep saying that if you look at the news..Crime is up, and it’s mostly true.  Some types of crimes have going up, and others have gone down.  The statistical numbers are based on REPORTED Crime_Rate_Line_Chartcrimes.  Unfortunately, we also know that now all crime is reported, especially cases of sexual assault and rape.  The recently FBI released its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report on June 3, reporting that in 2012 the number of violent crimes in the United States rose by 1.2 percent, property crimes dropped by 0.8 percent and arson offenses declined by 1.2 percent. The report summarizes information the FBI gathered from 13,770 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data for 2011 and 2012.

The violent crime offenses of murder and non-negligent manslaughter increased 1.5 percent from the 2011 figures, aggravated assaults increased by 1.7 percent and robberies increased 0.6 percent. Forcible rape offenses declined 0.3 percent. The largest increase in murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses, 12.5 percent, occurred in cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,000. Cities with populations of 50,000 to 99,999 showed the only decrease of such crimes, 1.3 percent.

The report also indicated that nationally, burglaries decreased by 3.6 percent in 2012, motor vehicle thefts increased 1.3 percent, and larceny-theft offenses remained virtually unchanged, according to the agency.

Preliminary crime stats for the full year—contained in UCR’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January-December 2012—should be available in six months, and final figures are scheduled to be released by the end of the year.

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