Violent crime increases in Kalamazoo County communities

A pie chart breakdown of the violent crime and property crime categories from the 2016 Crime in the United States report

But criminologists cautioned the new numbers may not indicate the start of a long-term trend, noting that violent crime rates remain well below where they were a quarter-century ago. Savannah saw 50 murders and 1,000 violent crimes. During that same time period, property crime declined 40%. Homicide, though up 7.9%, was still 48% below its peak in 1980.

The new numbers show that violent crime increased by 11 percent from 2015 in Myrtle Beach. In his inauguration speech, President Trump famously vowed to turn around the "American carnage".

As a candidate on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump repeatedly cited the murder-rate uptick, which jumped almost 8 percent in 2016, and the overall increase in violent crime as justification for his calls for a return to "law and order". But it also shows several which are going down. The number of property crimes went up 3.2%.

Eleven major U.S. cities ‒ including Chicago, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland ‒ were responsible for driving up the national murder rate, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

Even so, earlier this month, the Brennan Center put out a report predicting an 8.8 percent increase in the violent crime rate in 2017, coupled with a 20.5 percent decrease in the murder rate. "So in other words", Pfaff said, "five neighborhoods in Chicago explain 10 percent of the national increase in homicide rates".

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Chicago, home to less than one percent of the United States population, accounted for more than 20% of the jump in murders nationwide, noted The Brennan Center for Justice.

In the 30 biggest USA cities, murder increased 14.8%.

Violent crime also increased notably in Los Angeles, Dallas, San Jose and Baltimore.

Aggravated assaults, the violent encounters that often precede deadly crimes, account for 64.3 percent of violent crimes in the country, followed by robberies, which make up 26.6 percent.

"It's about trends, not an anomaly of one year or six months or six weeks", said Larry Karson, a criminal justice assistant professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. Hays County did not report crimes to the program in 2015, but lists 193 violent crimes for 2016.

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"For those purposes", he said, "these data are very, very handy".

"There were dire predictions of a crime wave and calls for draconian policies", he said. Property crime was down 6%.

The FBI's uniform crime report uses data collected annually from more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.

USA 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.

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