Violent crime, homicides in USA on rise

A pie chart breakdown of the violent crime and property crime categories from the 2016 Crime in the United States report

The violent crime rate in the US increased in 2016 for the second year in a row, partly due to murder increases in Chicago and a few other major cities.

The FBI reports that violent crime increased by 32 percent from 2015 to 2016 in Horry County.

The number of violent crimes reported to Providence police ticked up slightly in 2016, but not at the same pace that homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults have grown throughout the country.

"For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime".

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Warnings of out-of-control crime and violent criminals roaming the streets were a staple of Donald Trump's populist campaign rhetoric a year ago, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned of rising crime in many of his public speeches. The violent crime rate increased by 3.4% while property crimes dropped.

Number of Chicago crime reports by date, 2001-17.

The FBI's release of the figures comes as the Trump administration has warned ominously of a unsafe crime wave.

"I've said often times that 300 murders - and while it's a 40 year low - is still too high for a city of our population".

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There was no national pattern in violence in 2016: New York City saw historic or close to historic lows in shootings and murders, as murders in Chicago spiked.

Full crime data is not yet available for 2017, but for some cities like Chicago, homicide rates appear to be falling. Last year, the center reported that the increased homicide rate for the country's 30 biggest cities was in large part due Chicago, finding that it was responsible for almost half of this increase.

Therefore, Pfaff says, when President Trump rhetorically asked repeatedly what's going on in Chicago, the answers are concentrated in nine percent of the city's population, and not prone to national analysis or easy answers.

"This report highlights how Connecticut's anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives are working to make residents and communities safer", said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, also in a statement. Cities including Portland and Minneapolis reported fewer homicides past year as well. The FBI reported that previous year, 435 people were killed in justifiable homicides by law enforcement officers. Violent crimes dropped 4 percent, while property crimes dropped by about 2 percent. Burglary and larcenies fell, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported.

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