A surprising change in Sacramento's crime rate that bucks the national trend

Bill Rogers
September 27, 2017

Overall violent crime was up 4.1% past year, while murder increased by 8.6%, according to statistics on national crime released by the agency on Monday.

The governor's office said that reported violent crime in CT has declined an overall 20 percent since 2011, though there was a slight increase of 2.6 percent between 2015 to 2016.

Reports of murder or manslaughter rose by nearly 20.

"At the same time, other cities like New York are keeping crime down", Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University said in a news release. All told, there were 1,031 reported violent crimes in Providence in 2016. As the Brennan Center for Justice found in a preliminary analysis of the data, Chicago accounted for 20 percent of the overall increase in murders a year ago. Nationwide, the estimated number of violent crimes increased for a second straight year.

In the city of San Diego, there were 50 murders a year ago among the city's more than 1.4 million residents, equating to a rate of 3.5 murders per 100,000 residents. The rate of serious violent and property crimes is at its lowest level since 1966.

Ronal Serpas, chairman of a national coalition of police officials known as Law Enforcement Leaders, cautioned that crime still remained at "near all-time lows" despite the recent increases in violence.

In California, 1,930 people were slain last year, an increase of 3.7 percent that came on the heels of a rise of 9.7 percent the previous year.

The region as a whole was one of the safest large counties in the United States past year, with less violent crime and property crime than all but four of the largest metropolitan areas.

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Some large cities like NY did not see large increases in violent crime.

Albuquerque saw violent crime increase by 15.5 percent and property crime rise by 13.3 percent while violent crime in Santa Fe rose by 4.18 percent and property crime went up by 4 percent.

The FBI's 2016 tally includes several high-profile killings - including as the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were killed, and the Dallas ambush, when a lone gunman killed 5 police officers protecting protesters downtown. Property crime dropped slightly.

"Achieving and maintaining historically low crime rates requires constant effort and innovative law enforcement practices", San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said in a statement.

The report "is a statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police employee data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) [official website] Program".

In 2016, the homicide rate increased by 7.9%, while the corrected numbers show the homicide rate skyrocketing by 11.4% in 2015.

Chicago alone accounted for about one-fifth of the national increase in murders, according to Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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