US Violent Crime Spikes for 2nd Consecutive Year

US Violent Crime Spikes for 2nd Consecutive Year

US Violent Crime Spikes for 2nd Consecutive Year

The number of property crimes declined in 2016, the 14th consecutive year those crimes have declined.

Across the US, the homicide rate also increased by 7.9 percent in 2016, marking an overall jump of more than 20 percent since 2014, the report said.

The rate, however, remains below historic levels, with the 2016 level 12.3 percent below that of 2007, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation data.

In Michigan the stats show an increase in violent crimes of just over 9 percent to more than 45,000 violent crimes previous year.

"In other words, five neighborhoods in Chicago explain 10 percent of the national increase in homicide rates", Pfaff said.

"For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime", said America's top prosecutor.

While the violent crime rate remains at near historic levels, the increases come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned of an impending crime surge and launched programs meant to target gangs and the drug trade as a way to stem the uptick.

The Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based law and policy institute, said Monday that the murder rate increase was fueled by an uptick in killings in some of the country's largest cities - with Chicago accounting for more than a fifth of the nationwide murder increase previous year.

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Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, pointed out that only five years since 1971 have had lower violent crime rates than 2016.

The Trump administration seized on the data as proof of the legitimacy of its tough-on-crime agenda.

"There were dire predictions of a crime wave and calls for draconian policies", he said. Last year, the center reported that the increased homicide rate for the country's 30 biggest cities was in large part due Chicago, finding that it was responsible for almost half of this increase.

"And the fact is, in 2014, the number of homicides (nationally) is half what it was in 1991, so this kind of base rate effect is incredibly powerful and makes things look worse now in comparison to the past because things are so much better now".

In Springfield, the number of homicides declined from 18 in 2015 to 12 in 2016. In 2005 and 2006, the US also experienced a similar two-year rise in violent crime. Cities including Portland and Minneapolis reported fewer homicides past year as well. "There were dire warnings from police, only to have crime then continue to drop", Gelb said.

The FBI's annual report, which is based on data submitted by police departments and other law enforcement agencies, lags by about nine months.

In 2016, a total of 17,250 people were murdered, according to law enforcement data.

Crime has fallen to the lowest level since 1967, according to CT officials citing the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Statistics report released Monday.

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