US violent and property crimes drop after two-year rise

US violent and property crimes drop after two-year rise

The number of violent crimes in the US dropped by 0.7 percent and property crimes dropped by 3 percent, according to the FBI’s 2017 crime statistics [CIUS website] released Monday.

Violent crimes include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, and property crimes includes offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. The report reflects [FBI report] data collected from 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The number of property crimes in 2017 was 7,694,086, compared to the 7,928,530 in 2016. Violent crimes came in at 1,247,321 in 2017 compared to 1,250,162 in 2016.

Of the property crimes, burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased 2.2 percent, though motor vehicle thefts increased 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.  Of violent crimes, robbery offenses accounted for 25.6 percent of violent crime offenses, rape for 8.0 percent, and murder for 1.4 percent.

The final report is consistent with the preliminary statistics [materials] released in January outlining US crime metrics from January through June 2017, which indicated [JURIST report] a downward trend in violent crime and rise in the homicide rate.