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Violent crimes rose 3.9 percent in 2015 after 2 years of decline, according to the FBI

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Violent crime rose 3.9 percent in 2015 after two consecutive years of decreasing crime, according to the FBI's 2015 crime report released Monday.

The national violent crime rate was 372.6 offenses per 100,000 people, a 3.1 percent rate increase. The absolute number of crimes increased at a greater rate due to population increase. 

By the numbers:

  • Rape increased 6.3 percent since 2014
  • Aggravated assault increased 4.6 percent
  • Property crimes dropped, particularly burglaries (7.8 percent)
  • 10.8 million arrests were made, not counting traffic violations
  • 157.2 arrests per 100,000 people were made for violent crimes 
  • Drug abuse had the most overall arrests (10,797,088)

But in context, that violent crime rate is very low for the United States.

Even more numbers:

  • 69.7 percent of all people arrested were white; 26 percent were black
  • Arrests for juvenile crime decreased 8.4 percent
  • 73.1 percent of all people arrested were male
  • The Northeast led the nation in heroin- and cocaine-related arrests (10.9 percent of all drug arrests)
  • The South led the nation in synthetic drug-related arrests (3.4 percent)

There's more coming

Many of the additional reports listed on the FBI's site still have a tentative release date of fall 2016. That includes reports on human trafficking, law enforcement deaths and hate crimes. 

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