U.S. violent crime up for second straight year

The agency's most recent Crime in the United States report, released Monday, showed that while the nation saw modest increases in violent crime and murders between 2015 and 2016, the largest city in New Mexico saw much larger spikes of 15.5 percent and 41.8 percent respectively. The FBI's emancipation of the figures comes in the wake of Trump administration's warning of sinisterly perilous crime wave.

Some experts and analysts have disputed that suggestion, noting that crime levels were much higher a quarter-century ago.

Meanwhile Montgomery says property crime in Arizona is down, with burglary and theft at historic lows.

A total of 17,250 people were murdered in the USA past year, according to the data.

Despite two years of elevated murder rates nationwide, slayings here are down even though violent crime as a whole is not.

Across the country, rates of homicide and non-negligent manslaughter increased in 2016, as did other violent crimes such as robbery and aggravated assault.

Christianson said he feels those numbers might be off some because the "decriminalization of drug-related crime, narcotics offenses and property crimes are under reported". Rape accounted for 7.7 percent of the violent crimes reported past year, and murder made up 1.4 percent. Rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults also each continued to increase nationwide in 2016.

Violent crime increased for the second consecutive year, while property crime decreased for the 14th straight year, according to the FBI's annual report on national crime statistics.

"There just aren't any factors that would strongly indicate continued further increases", he said.

"Because of smart, data driven policies and reforms to our criminal justice system, we have made CT neighborhoods safer than they have been in almost two generations", Malloy said in a statement.

That data conflicts with what was released by the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office in August: a report showing a 6.5 percent drop in violent crime in 2016 from the prior year, and a 1.6 percent increase in property crime.

Property crime in the country, however, decreased for the 14th straight year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted in its report. As the Brennan Center for Justice found in a preliminary analysis of the data, Chicago accounted for 20 percent of the overall increase in murders previous year. That's a four percent increase from 2015. That equaled more than half the number of murders in New York City, which has a population more than 27 times larger at 8.5 million. The number of shootings did increase in the three major cities of Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, though the majority were not fatal.

The report also included race and ethnicity data about those arrested in 2016.

The city's property crime drop in 2016 was driven by a 17 percent decline in burglaries.

  • Leroy Wright