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FBI: Murder Rate Fell in 2018 as Violent Crimes Plummet

FBI: Murder Rate Fell in 2018 as Violent Crimes Plummet

By    |   Thursday, 03 October 2019 08:33 AM

The FBI reports that there were more than 1,000 fewer murders committed in the United States in 2018 than in 2017, part of a drop in violent crimes during the same time period.

The Bureau data indicates that violent crimes steadily declined over the last three years, with 2018 showing a 3.3% drop.

Key takeaways in the data:

  • Murders and non-negligent manslaughters dropped from 17,294 in 2017 to 16,214 in 2018. In 2016, the number was at 17,413.
  • Violent crimes overall, which include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults, were at 1,250,162 in 2016, 1,247,917 in 2017, and 1,206,836 in 2018.
  • The violent crime rate of 368.9 crimes per 100,000 people in 2018 was 4.7% higher than it was in 2014 but 9% lower than it was in 2009.
  • Aggravated assaults accounted for 66.9% of reported violent crimes in 2018, followed by robbery (23.4%), rape (8.4%), and murder (1.3%).
  • Firearms were used in 72.7% of murders.

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The FBI reports that there were more than 1,000 fewer murders committed in the United States in 2018 than in 2017, part of a drop in violent crimes during the same time period.
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2019-33-03
Thursday, 03 October 2019 08:33 AM
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