Overall crime rate dips in Erie County, jumps in Niagara County

A pie chart breakdown of the violent crime and property crime categories from the 2016 Crime in the United States report

Violent crime, including aggravated assault and murder, rose for a second consecutive year in the United States last year.

The numbers confirm that almost every type of violent crime increased, with 47 more rapes, 35 more robberies, 179 more aggravated assaults, 330 more larcenies and 112 more motor vehicle thefts reported in 2016.

Murders and non-negligent manslaughters decreased 33 percent in CT from 2015 to 2016, but the state saw a slight uptick in overall violent crime.

The Department of Justice said in a statement the change represented the "largest single-year increases in the violent crime rate since 1991".

But the two years of increases resulted in a more than 20% increase in the national homicide rate since 2014, the justice department said in a press release accompanying the Federal Bureau of Investigation figures.

Ronal Serpas, chairman of Law Enforcement Leaders and the former superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, said while the 2016 upticks should be addressed, preliminary data from 2017 indicates that crime is back on the decline.

The rates of violent crimes reported to municipal police agencies rose in several communities a year ago, including in the Village and Town of Hamburg, Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, the City of Tonawanda, Evans, the Town of Niagara and West Seneca.




"The FBI's data show trends similar to what we've found for crime, murder, and violence in 2016", Ames Grawert, a counsel in the Brennan Center's Justice Program, said in a statement Monday.

The FBI's release of the figures comes as the Trump administration has warned ominously of a risky crime wave.

In other cities, there were declines, including NY, the country's largest city, which reported 335 murders last year, down from 352 a year earlier and less than half the 673 murders reported in 2000.

There was no national pattern in violence in 2016: New York City saw historic or close to historic lows in shootings and murders, as murders in Chicago spiked.

The number of violent crimes stayed the same at 35 for Caldwell County, while Gillespie, Llano and Mason counties reported fewer violent crimes year-to-year.

In Springfield, the number of homicides declined from 18 in 2015 to 12 in 2016. However, half of Chicago's rise in murders were confined to five neighborhoods with 9 percent of the city's population. The city is continuing that this year, with 192 murders reported through September 17, down from 250 at the same point a year earlier. Lindsay Lague, a spokesperson for Providence police, said the city had 6,279 reported property crimes in 2016, which would be a 4% increase. On top of homicides, Chicago also saw increases in 2016 in robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts over the previous year.

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