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)
New FBI report shows that in 2015 U.S. had:— David Menschel (@davidminpdx) September 26, 2016
3rd LOWEST violent crime rate SINCE 1970 &
6th LOWEST homicide rate in 50 YEARS.
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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