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Violent crime in the US rises for the second year

For the second straight year the number of violent crimes reported across the US has risen after nearly 20 years of decreases according to a report released yesterday by the FBI.

Violent crime, defined as rape, robbery or assault rose nationwide by 1.2 percent. Property crime — burglary, theft and car theft — rose 12%, according to the report.

The largest increase was in cities with populations between 500,000 and 1 million people, where violent crime rose 3.7% and murder rates rose an alarming 12.5%.

“It’s clear that crime levels have reached what seems to be the bottom in terms of the declines in the 1990s and 2000s,” Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox told the Associated Press.

For 20 years through 2010, with the exception of 2006, the report showed that violent crime was on the decrease in the US, but now two years of data show the trend may be changing for the worse



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