Violent crimes continue to shake U.S. communities


Violent crime in the USA ticked up in 2016 for the second consecutive year - the first time a two-year increase was recorded in more than a decade, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In South Dakota, the state attorney general had earlier released its report showing the state bucks the national trend when it comes to homicides. The city of Chicago saw 765 murders in 2016, up from 468 in 2015, and 411 in 2014-while the city undoubtedly has a serious gun violence problem, this could have been a particularly bad year.

Nationally, violent crime numbers rose 2.6 percent from 2012 through 2016, though Connecticut's neighboring states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and NY all saw decreases in overall rates. In 2005 and 2006, the USA also experienced a similar two-year rise in violent crime.

The number of property crimes declined in 2016, the 14th consecutive year those crimes have declined.

"False narratives about a national crime wave will not help". The largest increase in the state was aggravated assaults, a 15.5 percent increase, from about 26,600 to almost 31,000. The nationwide homicide rate increased by 7.9 percent, for a total increase of more than 20 percent in the nationwide homicide rate since 2014. Only 2011, when 1,582 violent crimes were reported, had a lower number.

President Trump frequently cited the threat of violent crime, even though those rates have tumbled in recent years, while on the campaign trail.

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Since the early 1990s, as the U.S. population has grown, murders have dropped to about 14,000 a year.

The statistics also say that there were fewer murder and rape incidents reported in 2016 than there were in 2015. The number of reported homicides has tended to fluctuate from year to year over the last decade.

Craig has taken significant steps to improve crime reporting accuracy, including implementation of new $9 million data tracking system and procedures that require manual double-checking of system reports.

In 2016, a total of 17,250 people were murdered, according to law enforcement data.

Search the database below to see 2016 crime data voluntarily reported by police departments across the country. The FBI reported that a year ago, 435 people were killed in justifiable homicides by law enforcement officers. "There were dire warnings from police, only to have crime then continue to drop", Gelb said.