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


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

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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