Violent crime rises for the 2nd consecutive year: 4 things you need to know
Here are four things you need to know about the stats that were released:
- Violent crime rose 4.1 percent in 2016
According to the statistics released by the FBI, the estimated rate of violent crime was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. There were over 1 million violent crimes - an estimated 1,248,185 to be exact. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses saw an 8.6 percent increase while aggravated assault saw a 5.1 percent increase, rape saw a 4.9 percent increase and robbery saw a 1.2 percent.
- Property crime dropped for the 14th consecutive year
Burglaries decreased by 4.6 percent while larceny-thefts declined by 1.5 percent and motor vehicle thefts increased by 7.4 percent. Overall, there were 7,919,035 property crimes and victims of property crimes lost an estimated $15.6 billion. Larceny and theft made up 71 percent of all property crime while burglary made up 19 percent and motor vehicle theft made up 9.7 percent.
- Violent crime is still historically lower than it was a decade ago
In 2007, there were 1.4 million violent crimes committed compared to the 1.2 million crimes that were committed in 2016. The FBI marks the drop of crime between 2007 and 2016 at 12.3 percent. The Hill reports 2016's murder rate is half the rate of historical peaks in 1980 and 1991 and that the rate of serious violent and property crimes is at the lowest level it has been since 1966.
- Sworn officers account for 70 percent of all law enforcement employees in the U.S.
After 13,217 law enforcement agencies reported their staffing levels to the FBI, it was calculated that 652,936 officers and 280,206 civilians are employed. The FBI estimates the rate of law enforcement employee to citizen as 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants. City agencies report an average of 3.7 officers per 1,000 inhabitants in cities with less than 10,000 residents while county agencies report an average of 2.7 officers per 1,000 inhabitants.