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Violent crime in the United https://www.securitymagazine.comStates declined slightly during the first half of 2017, even as the number of murders increased over the same period, according to FBI statistics.

The FBI released preliminary statistics for the first six months of 2017, which showed that crimes including rape, robbery and aggravated assault all fell over that period when compared to the year before, while there were more murders and an increase in motor vehicle thefts.

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According to the FBI:

Violent Crime

Three of the offenses in the violent crime category—rape (revised definition), robbery, and aggravated assault—showed decreases when data from the first six months of 2017 were compared with data from the first six months of 2016. The number of rapes (revised definition) decreased 2.4 percent, robbery offenses fell 2.2 percent, and aggravated assaults were down 0.1 percent. The fourth offense in the violent crime category, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, increased 1.5 percent when data from the first six months of 2017 were compared with data from the first six months of 2016.

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There were both increases and decreases in the overall number of violent crimes among the city population groups. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,999 reported the largest increase, 1.2 percent. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 1,000,000 and over reported the largest decrease, 3.3 percent.

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Violent crime decreased 6.1 percent in non-metropolitan counties and fell 1.5 percent in metropolitan counties.
Violent crime decreased in three of the four regions of the nation. These crimes were down 4.1 percent in the Northeast, 0.7 percent in the Midwest, and 0.2 percent in the West. Violent crime increased 0.1 percent in the South.

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