Violent Crime Increases In US
An annual report released by the United States of America Intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has revealed an increase in violent crime in the country for the second consecutive year.
According to the latest FBI’s annual report on national crime statistics released on Monday there were an estimated 17,250 murders in the U.S. last year, an 8.6 percent increase from 2015.
The 2016 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 386.3 offences per 100,000 inhabitants, and the estimated rate of property crime was 2,450.7 offences per 100,000 inhabitants, while the violent crime rate rose to 3.4 percent compared with the 2015 rate, and the property crime rate declined 2.0 percent.
These, and additional data are presented in the 2016 edition of the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States.
Nationwide, according to the report, there were an estimated 7,919,035 property crimes. The estimated numbers for two of the three property crimes show declines when compared with the previous year’s estimates. Burglaries dropped 4.6 percent, larceny-thefts declined 1.5 percent, but motor vehicle thefts rose 7.4 percent.
Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered losses estimated at $15.6 billion in 2016.
The FBI estimated that law enforcement agencies nationwide made 10.7 million arrests, excluding those for traffic violations, in 2016.The arrest rate for violent crime was 159.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the arrest rate for property crime was 420.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
By violent crime offence, the arrest rate for murder and non-negligent manslaughter was 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants; rape (aggregate total using the revised and legacy definition), 7.3; robbery, 29.8; and aggravated assault, 119.0 per 100,000 inhabitants.
In 2016,the year under review, there were 13,217 law enforcement agencies that reported their staffing levels to the FBI. These agencies reported that, as of October 31, 2016, they collectively employed 652,936 sworn officers and 280,206 civilians, a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants