Violent Crimes Increase in US for Second Straight Year, FBI Says

Violent crime rose in America for the second consecutive year, according to data released by the FBI. The FBI statistics for 2016 show an increase of violent crimes in the U.S. by 4.1 percent over the previous year.

A violent crime occurred every 25.3 seconds. Aggravated assaults accounted for 64.3 percent of violent crimes, robbery offenses for 26.6 percent, rape for 7.7 percent and murder accounted for 1.4 percent. The murder rate was 5.3 per 100,000 people in 2016, which was a 7.9 percent increase over the previous year.

Despite the increase, the 2016 violent crime rate was down from several years ago. In 2016 there were less than 1.3 million violent crime offenses as compared to 2007 when there were over 1.4 million violent crimes reported.