U.S. Violent Crime Climbed 4.1% Last Year, FBI's Annual Report Shows

Number of offenses jumped in Chicago, while New York saw a decline

Violent crime in the U.S. climbed 4.1 percent last year to an estimated 1.25 million offenses, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest Crime in the United States report. Broken down, that’s 386.3 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest rate since 2012 (though well below 2007’s 471.8 and 1997’s 611). In New York, the country’s largest metropolis by population, violent crimes known to law enforcement fell 1.9 percent. In Los Angeles and Chicago, the second- and third-biggest cities, they rose 15 percent and 22 percent, respectively.

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