Crime rates across the United States are down, according to data released recently by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
However, violent crime dropped in only half of the cities ranked by Law Street as the nation’s top ten most violent, The Huffington Post reports.
Law Street used the FBI’s four major violent crime categories – murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – in cities with over 200,000 residents in the first six months of 2013 and compared them to those same numbers in 2012.
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10. Milwaukee experienced an increase in violent crime during the first half of 2013, compared to the same time period in 2012. Rape increased by more than 100 percent, but that number is a bit misleading because in 2013, there was a broader definition of the crime adopted by the Justice Department. Robbery also increased by 16 percent, with violent crime jumping by 5 percent, overall.
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9. Atlanta’s violent crime continued to decrease from January to June 2013 with a drop of 9.75 percent. The city experienced a 10 percent decline overall in murder, rape and aggravated assault.
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8. Cleveland’s violent crime was up more than 7 percent for the first six months of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012. Murder and aggravated assault were down, but rape and robbery were both up.
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7. Violent crime rate in Baltimore stayed constant from January to June 2013 versus the previous year, with an increase of nearly 2 percent.
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6. The city of Birmingham, Ala., did not report crime data for January to June 2012, so there is no way to indicate trends for this time period. However, the total number of aggravated assaults from January to June 2013 was 895, placing the city at number 6.
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5. Violent crime was down overall in Stockton, Calif., from January to June 2013, according to Law Street. There was a 64 percent decrease in murder and a 28 percent decline in robbery, while aggravated assault was down 17 percent.
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4. There was a modest decline of violent crime in Memphis by 4 percent during the period of January to June 2013. However, the murder rate increased by 7.14 percent.
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3. Although reported rapes increased by 60 percent over the same period in 2012 (in connection with the FBI’s expanded definition of the crime), violent crime in St. Louis dropped by more then 20 percent.
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2. Overall violent crime in Oakland increased by 10 percent during the first six months of 2013 over the same time period in 2012. Despite aggravated assault, rape and murder all decreased slightly, the city had an increase of 30 percent in robbery.
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1. Detroit experienced an overall decrease in violent crime by 5 percent from January to June of 2013, compared to the first six months of 2012. Aggravated assault and murder were both down. Rape increased by 46 percent and robbery increased by 8 percent.
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