Violent crimes continue to shake USA communities

Posted September 27, 2017

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased for the second straight year, rising 4.1 percent in 2016 when compared with 2015 data, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation figures released yesterday.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program, or UCR, defines violent crime as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. For South Carolina, there were 25,000 violent crimes and almost half of Georgia's murder count.

Despite the increase, the national violent crime rate in 2016 was still down significantly from several years ago.

For instance, in 2003, there were 2,914 violent crimes and 11,628 property crimes reported in the city.

For one, we still don't know whether the rise is a blip, or not, for a country that has had historically low-violent crime levels in recent years.

"At the same time, other cities like New York are keeping crime down", Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University said in a news release.

Nationally, compared to 2015, violent crime went up by 4 percent in the United States. That includes 17,250 homicides, equating to a national murder rate of 5.3 per 100,000 people. In San Diego County, with a population of more than 3.3 million, there were 101 murders resulting in three murders per 100,000 residents. Violent crime was on the rise under his predecessor, and it wasn't just a moderate increase attributable to an economic downturn, as is often the case. And within Chicago, it's a small number of streets fueling that surge.

Even with last year's spike, however, Chicago's homicide rate is not at record-high levels.

Sessions and President Donald Trump have been outspoken about their goal to cut crime in the United States. His pledge to lower crime - and criticism of the Obama administration's policies - was a centerpiece of his campaign. "It is happening in a lot of American cities". He said providing the public with the most accurate and up-to-date information on crime throughout the country is a priority for the agency.

Here's a look at the number of violent crimes reported in places within Kalamazoo County that are included in the FBI's report.

In his message accompanying the report, FBI Director Christopher Wray called on law enforcement agencies to continue transitioning to the more informative National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

US law enforcement agencies reported arresting an estimated 10.6 million people in 2016, including 1.5 million charged with drug abuse, more than a million charged with driving under the influence and more than a million for assaults. Drug offenses comprised the largest numbers of arrests in 2015 as well.

Some have found cause for consolation this year because Chicago did not reach its 500th murder mark until early September, two weeks later than in 2016.