All but 1 category of violent crime declined in Mass.
Sep 30 2016 by Desiree Burns
The information comes from the newly published data in the FBI's "Crime in the United States" report. The top-line results will not be surprising to those who've been paying attention: the murder (and nonnegligent manslaughter) rate rose from 4.4 to 4.9 per 100,000, about 11 percent, in a single year.
The number of rapes in the United States increased by 6.3 percent past year, while aggravated assaults rose 4.6 percent and robberies 1.4 percent.
In 1996, a year in which cities across the nation were in the midst of a wave of violent crime, fueled partly by the crack cocaine epidemic, there were about 1.7 million violent crimes, according to the data.
FBI Director James Comey warned a year ago that violent crime in the United States might show a rise because increased scrutiny of policing tactics had created a "chill wind" that discouraged officers from using aggressive tactics.
But property crimes dropped 2.6 percent, marking the 13th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.
The figures are based on crimes committed in 2015. "It is important to remember that while crime did increase overall last year, 2015 still represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades". "I don't want us as a country to go backwards".
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In 2015, there were 13,160 law enforcement agencies that reported their staffing levels to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Both, he said, will "give us a more complete, richer picture of crime in our communities, and a national and detailed picture of the ways we in law enforcement are using force". On a per resident basis, however, Oroville with 1,143 property crimes for its 16,289 citizens, had the highest ratio.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association, based on reports from 61 large cities, said this summer that homicides in the reporting cities had increased to 2,801 from 2,435 in the same period previous year.
"It's too early to call this an end to the crime drop, but we are facing a one-year rise in murders that is quite substantial - the largest in about half a century", Richard Rosenfeld, criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St.
In San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon's annual report, he said his department added a fifth homicide team in August 2015 to investigate deaths and follow up on leads. We created a searchable database so that you can look up your town or municipality and find out if violent crime has gone up or down in 2015.