FBI Annual Crime Report Shows Spike in Violence
After two years of decline, violent crime rose by 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual crime report.
While an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes were committed in 2015, this total is still 0.7 percent lower than in 2011 and 16.5 percent less than in 2006.
Released Monday, the Crime in the United States, 2015 report found a 10 percent jump in the number of murders reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2015, compared to the year before.
The figures were acquired via the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, where law enforcement agencies report data on murders, aggravated assault, car thefts and other crimes.
An estimated 15,696 murders and non-negligent manslaughters occurred in 2015 which is a 10.8 percent increase over 2014, and does not include killings agencies deemed justifiable.
At an event Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said the data shows “we still have so much work to do.” But she also noted that crime in many communities has remained stable or decreased.
“And it is important to remember that while crime did increase overall last year, 2015 still represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades,” Lynch said.
In a statement accompanying this year's report, FBI Director James Comey called for more transparency and accountability in law enforcement and said the FBI is working to develop a database chronicling incidents of police use of force.
“Information that is accurate, reliable, complete and timely will help all of us learn where we have problems and how to get better,” Comey said.
Among other statistics, the report also included a breakdown of violent crimes by type:
- The estimated number of murders in the nation was 15,696.
- During the year, there were an estimated 90,185 rapes. (This figure currently reflects UCR’s legacy definition. Learn more about the revised rape definition.)
- There were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for an estimated $390 million in losses (average dollar value of stolen property per reported robbery was $1,190).
- Firearms were used in 71.5 percent of the nation’s murders, 40.8 percent of robberies, and 24.2 percent of aggravated assaults.
- Property crimes resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion. The total value of reported stolen property (i.e., currency, jewelry, motor vehicles, electronics, firearms) was $12,420,364,454.
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