Violent crimes increased in the first half of 2012

The number of murders were down, but violent crimes overall were up in the first half of 2012, according to preliminary numbers reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

WASHINGTON — The number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to police rose in the first half of last year compared with the same period in 2011.

The preliminary data compiled by the FBI shows that violent crime rose 1.9 percent and that property crime was up 1.5 percent.

The number of murders was down 1.7 percent and the number of rapes decreased 1.4 percent. However, robbery offenses increased 2 percent and aggravated assault was up by 2.3 percent.

There were increases in all three categories of property crime — burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

 

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