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FBI numbers show increase in violent crimes, drop in property crimes

FBI agents have been busy this year with violent crimes, including the bombing in Boston.
FBI agents have been busy this year with violent crimes, including the bombing in Boston.
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The FBI released information on June 3, 2013 about the national crime statistics for 2012. The preliminary numbers in the crime report indicate a slight increase in violent crimes and a small decrease in the number of property crimes reported nationwide.

They used data from 13,770 law enforcement agencies to come up with the 2012 crime numbers. The overall numbers of murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases rose 1.5 percent from the crime statistics collected in 2011. Unfortunately for those living in cities with a population over 500,000 but less than 1 million, those murder and manslaughter rates jumped by 12.5 percent.

Robbery was up just 0.6 percent while forcible rape declined by 0.3 percent across the nation. However, the large cities with a population of 1 million or more saw a 3.2 percent increase in forcible rape cases, while the cities with 25,000 to 49,999 saw a 3.5 percent decrease in the same crime.

The larger cities, those with 500,000 to 999,999 saw the largest increase in violent crimes with a 3.7 percent increase over 2011. Cities with only a 10,000 to 24,999 population saw those same crimes decrease by 1.0 percent. Another consistent theme showed an increase in crime in the metropolitan areas and a small decrease in crime in the more rural counties. The Southern region, which includes Texas, saw a 0.6 percent increase in violent crime, compared to a 3.3 percent increase in the West and a 1.3 percent increase in the Midwest region.

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Burglaries showed a 3.6 percent decrease nationwide, but motor vehicle thefts increased 1.3 percent. Though property crimes showed a small increase in cities with a population of 50,000 to 99,999, all others saw a small decrease overall from 2011 property crimes. The largest drop in burglaries occurred in cities with 250,000 to 499,999, which experienced a 7.0 percent decrease.

The South fared well with an overall decline of 3.5 percent in property crimes, while the Midwest and Northeast also experienced lesser drops in numbers. The only region to show an increase in those crimes was the West, which showed an increase of 5.2 percent in property crimes.

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