• Violent crime  increased 18% from last year
  • First  year-to-year increase in such crime since 1993
  • Household  burglaries also on the rise from 3.2million last year to 3.6million this  year

By Beth Stebner

PUBLISHED:13:49 EST, 17  October 2012| UPDATED:13:50 EST, 17 October 2012

 

 

For the first time in 20 years, the number of  violent crimes increased, up 18 percent from last year, a new report  reveals.

It was the first year-to-year increase for  violent crime since 1993, marking the end of a long string of declines. Violent  crime fell by 65 percent since 1993, from 16.8 million to 5.8 million last  year.

In addition, household burglaries rose 14  percent, from 3.2million to 3.6million. Similarly, the number of thefts jumped  by 10 percent, from 11.6 million to 12.8 million.

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On the rise: For the first time since 1993, the number  of violent crimes increased, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics’  annual national crime victimization survey; here, a teenager is arrested in  Camden, New Jersey

 

Rising: An NYPD patrol car in Brooklyn; the increase was the result of an upward swing in assaults, which rose 22 percent, from 4million in 2010 to 5million last year 

Rising: An NYPD patrol car in Brooklyn; the increase was  the result of an upward swing in assaults, which rose 22 percent, from 4million  in 2010 to 5million last year

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice  Statistics’ annual national crime victimization survey, the size of the  percentage increases in both violent crime and property crime for last year was  driven in large part by the historically low levels seen in 2010.

The increase in violent crime was the result  of an upward swing in assaults, which rose 22 percent, from 4million in 2010 to  5million last year.

But the incidence of rape, sexual assault and  robbery remained largely unchanged, as did serious violent crime involving  weapons or injury.

The increases in violent crime experienced by  whites, Hispanics, younger people and men accounted for the majority of the  increase in violent crime.

In the latest survey, property crime was up  for the first time in a decade, from 15.4million in 2010 to 17million last year.

The victimization figures are based on  surveys by the Census Bureau of a large sample of people in order to gather data  from those who are victims of crime.

They are considered the government’s most  comprehensive crime statistics because they count both crimes that never are  reported to the police as well as those reported.

Trends: Violent crime went up this year, though it has steadily dropped since 1993 

Trends: Violent crime went up this year, though it has  steadily dropped since 1993

 

A history of violence: Total violent crime has risen slightly, though serious violent crimes have leveled  

A history of violence: Total violent crime has risen  slightly, though serious violent crimes have leveled

Historically, less than half of all crimes,  including violent crimes, are reported to police.

Last May, the FBI’s preliminary crime report  for 2011, which counts only crimes reported to police, concluded that crime  dropped again last year, down 4 percent for violent crime and 3.7 percent for  property crime.

The declines slowed in the second half of  last year, a sign to academic experts that the many years of lowering crime  levels might be nearing an end.

‘While it’s cause for concern, I would  caution against forecasting future crime trends based on a one-year  fluctuation,’ Chris Melde, an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s  school of criminal justice, told the Associated Presss.

‘You can have percentage changes that seem  quite large, but unless you put them in a longer-term perspective you can  sometimes misinterpret the overall seriousness of the problem,’ Mr Melde  added.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, the most  anticipated report of its kind, is due out at the end of the month.

 

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