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Violent crime rates increase

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The FBI says that violent crime rose across the United States last year.

The information came from the preliminary annual crime report the agency compiles.

The report, issued Monday, shows a 1.2 percent increase in the number of violent crimes in 2012.

The report is based on information the FBI gathered from 13,770 law enforcement agencies that submitted data.

According to the statistics, murder and manslaughter were up 1.5 percent.  Aggravated assault was up 1.7 percent.  Robbery was up 0.6 percent.

The report found that violent crime was up in metropolitan areas and was down in rural areas.

Violent crime increased 3.7 percent in cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,999, the largest increase in the city groupings, according to the report.

Murder rates were up more than 10 percent in mid-sized cities, designated with populations between 500,000 to 999,000.

Small cities, with populations of 50,000 to 99,999, showed the only decrease of murder and  manslaughter offenses with a 1.3 percent drop.

Large cities saw a 3.2 percent increase in reported rapes while the numbers dropped 3.5 percent in small cities.

Robberies increased 1.1 percent in metropolitan counties and declined 1.1 percent in nonmetropolitan counties.

There was good news when it came to burglaries.  Nationally, burglary cases decreased 3.6 percent.

The report showed an increase in car thefts nationally.

Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report

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