FBI: Property crime dropped in U.S. in 2012

Sept. 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Violent crime ticked up in the United States in 2012 while property crime declined for the 10th straight year, the FBI reported Thursday.

In its annual report on crime statistics, "Crime in the United States 2012," the FBI said there were an estimated 386.9 violent offenses for every 100,000 U.S. residents. The number of violent crimes, including murder and non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape was up 0.7 percent while the rate was statistically the same as in 2011.

The property crime rate, including burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, was 2,859.2 offenses per 100,000 people, down 1.6 percent. The FBI classifies arson as a property crime but does not include it in its statistics because of reporting problems.

Data from 18,290 city, county, state, university and college, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies was used to compile the report.

The number of homicides, forcible rapes and aggravated assault all increased, up 1.1 percent, 0.2 percent, and 1.1 percent, respectively. The number of robberies declined 0.1 percent.

The FBI said 69.3 percent of all reported homicides were committed with a firearm.

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