Violent crime in U.S. surges for second straight year
September 26,2017 By:Xinhua
WASHINGTON, Sept.26,2017-- Violent crime in the United States rose in 2016 for the second straight year, according to a FBI report released Monday.
It's the first time a two-year surge was recorded in more than a decade in the country, said the report.
Overall, there were estimated 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the United States in 2016, up 4.1 percent from 2015, according to the FBI's annual report on violent crime statistics.
Meanwhile, murders jumped by 8.6 percent and aggravated assaults and rapes were up about five percent over the previous year.
The FBI data shows that violent crime rose by 3.9 percent and murder jumped by 10.8 percent in 2015 in the country.
Violent crime rose more than seven percent in U.S. cities with populations of more than a million, compared with just a two percent increase in suburban areas.
The murder rate soared over 20 percent in the country's largest cities, the FBI report shows.
"Chicago accounted for more than 20 percent of the nationwide murder increase in 2016, despite being home to less than one percent of the U.S. population," said a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
Despite the increases in violence, property-related offenses like burglary, vehicle theft and larceny have declined in 2016 for 14 straight years, the FBI report finds.
The FBI surveyed more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies to compile its annual Uniform Crime Reporting program.
However, it said the numbers are estimates since a few thousand law enforcement jurisdictions do not report their data to federal authorities each year.
U.S. 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.
The 2016 violent crime rate remains below historical rates in the United States. As recently as 2007, there were 1.4 million violent crimes committed across the country.