U.S. violent crime rises for second year in a row: Federal Bureau of Investigation report

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Violent crime in the USA ticked up in 2016 for the second consecutive year - the first time a two-year increase was recorded in more than a decade, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program, or UCR, defines violent crime as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Powerful crime gained an unprecedented high in USA for a second consecutive year in 2016 persisting factually low levels propelled upward partly by an uptick in murders pertaining to some major cities.

An analysis by the the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law found that overall crime had dropped due to sustained declines in property-related offenses, but murder increases were driven by violence in numerous country's 30-largest cities.

Violent crimes across the U.S.

The 2016 increase came a year after a 4 percent increase in violent crime in 2015, and an 11 percent increase in homicides.

"The FBI's data show trends similar to what we've found for crime, murder, and violence in 2016", said Ames Grawert, a counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice in NY. "And we must do it together", Sessions said in a statement.

Rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults also increased nationwide a year ago.

We have written a number of times about the U.S.'s rapidly increasing violent crime rate, which dates to the Ferguson fiasco and the rise of Black Lives Matter.

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This year's hike by 49,000 means about 13 more violent crimes for every 100,000 people living in the United States.

The report also included race and ethnicity data about those arrested in 2016. Burglaries, larcenies, motor vehicle thefts and arson cases are considered property crimes.

Arrests also dropped, from approximately 10.7 million in 2015 to 10.6 million in 2016.

While still struggling to get a budget in place, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday took credit for a significant drop in crime, including the lowest number of murders in the state since 1969.

In each of the specific crime categories - both for property and violent crimes, the total number of offenses reported declined, with two exceptions: robberies and burglaries. The city of Chicago saw 765 murders in 2016, up from 468 in 2015, and 411 in 2014-while the city undoubtedly has a serious gun violence problem, this could have been a particularly bad year.

The numbers are for last year, which saw the overall crime rate fall for the fifteenth year in a row.

Violent crime, like crime in general, had been steadily trending downward since the early 1990s, but Monday's report marks the first time since 2005 and 2006 that the US has experienced a consecutive year-to-year rise in violent crime.

Reports of murder or manslaughter rose by nearly 20.