The FBI’s 2017 annual compilation of crime statistics has been released. This statistic report includes information on property and violent crimes throughout 2017 in the United States. The general trends for 2017 illustrate an overall 0.2% decrease in violent crime from 2016, and an overall 3% decrease in property crimes.
In 2017, 1.2 million violent crimes were reported to law enforcement. The FBI measures violent crime statistics in subcategories that include: murder, robbery, aggravated assault and rape. Murder has decreased 0.7% and robbery declined by 4% last year. On the other hand, aggravated assault has increased 1% and an estimated 135,755 rapes, by legal definition, have been reported to law enforcement this past year. In terms of property crime, 7.7 million property crimes had been reported; burglaries went down 7.6% as well as larceny decreased 2.2%. However, motor vehicle theft increased 0.8%. The majority of crimes committed in the city of Chicago, however, remains to be property crime, although we see a negative trend of property crime nationwide. In 2017, Chicago had 88,324 property crimes committed. This is twice as high as cities such as Boston (30,000), Detroit (30,458) and Baltimore (30,000).However, it’s important to acknowledge that these cities specifically have significantly lower population rates, which should be also taken into consideration.