By the numbers: Murder rate drops for first time in two years
New FBI data released Monday found that violent crime and the national murder rate decreased slightly in 2017 after two years of increases.
Yes, but: Despite the dip, violent crime still plagues many parts of the country, and arrests are also rare, a recent Washington Post analysis of decades of homicide arrest data from 50 of the nation’s largest cities found. Meanwhile, last year’s murder rate is still 20.7% higher than the 2013 estimate, and 5% higher than the 2008 figure.
By the numbers: The 2017 national murder rate dipped by 0.7% from the 2016 estimate — down to 5.3 per 100,000 people being murdered in 2017 from 5.4 per 100,000 the prior year.
- The number of rapes reported have increased by 2.5%. Richard Myers, executive director of Major Cities Chiefs Association, tells the Wall Street Journal that increase is in part due to the #MeToo movement leading more victims to come forward.
“It’s one of the most underreported crimes. I think as the public consciousness gets sensitized to the problem, we are seeing more people reporting.”— Richard Myers
- Reported cases of manslaughter and murder dropped 0.7% in 2017.
The FBI data relies on information provided by thousands of state and local police departments across the country.
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