US Murders Jump Amid Rise in Violent Crime

US Murders Jump Amid Rise in Violent Crime

US Murders Jump Amid Rise in Violent Crime

The FBI reports the Oklahoma City metro area, which includes Logan, Lincoln, Cleveland, Canadian, Grady and McClain counties, reported more than 6,700 violent crimes in 2016 including 92 murders, 752 rapes, 4,460 aggravated assaults and more than 42,600 property crimes.

Meanwhile, the country's murder rate rose to 5.3 per 100,000 residents, marking the second straight year the murder rate has risen following nine years of decreases.

But it's not all good news, violent crime is up.

According to information contained in the report, the number of robberies in Lima was up substantially last year, from 83 in 2015 to 123 in 2016, but the number of aggravated assault cases fell from 214 in 2015 to 181 last year.

A total of 17,250 murders were reported, an increase of 8.6 percent from 2015.

The spikes, the largest for a two-year period since USA crime rates peaked in 1991, raised questions about whether the United States is in the midst of a fresh violent crime spree after almost two decades of declines. And even compared to a decade ago, violent crime in 2016 is 18 percent lower than it was in 2007, and the murder rate is 6percent lower than it was then, according to AP.

Experts have attributed the country's 4.1 percent increase in violent crime and 8.6 increase in murders to a few large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore and Las Vegas, which have seen significant spikes. At the same time, 38,528 burglaries and larcenies were reported in the city.

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Ronal Serpas, chairman of a national coalition of police officials known as Law Enforcement Leaders, cautioned that crime still remained at "near all-time lows" despite the recent increases in violence.

The group's data included cities with dramatic increases, such as Chicago, which had 762 homicides in 2016, up from 482 homicides a year earlier; Phoenix, which saw 146 homicides, up from 113 the year before; and Louisville, Ky., which had 117 homicides, up from 80 in 2015.

The new numbers show that violent crime increased by 11 percent from 2015 in Myrtle Beach.

Sessions said the country needed to "dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence".

County Attorney Bill Montgomery says his office has responded to the rise in violent crime by doubling the amount of prosecution bureaus throughout the Valley.

"It suggests that what we're seeing nationwide might not be a nationwide crime wave, which some have falsely suggested", he said.

The FBI's "Crime in the United States" report compiled statistics from 16,782 towns, cities and other jurisdictions and is used to gauge crime priorities locally and nationally. But he noted that Chicago accounted for one-fifth of the increase in murders.

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