Police chief challenges crime stats, but Detroit still most violent city

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The violent crime rate is on the rise throughout the United States, with statistics show 2016 had the largest single-year increase in 25 years, according to new Federal Bureau of Investigation data released Monday.

Nationwide, the violent crime rate increased 4.1 percent over 2015's rate, the Tribune reported.

Overall violent crime rose 4.1 percent past year, while property crime fell 1.3 percent compared to 2015.

The new numbers show that violent crime increased by 11 percent from 2015 in Myrtle Beach.

For one, we still don't know whether the rise is a blip, or not, for a country that has had historically low-violent crime levels in recent years.

Warnings of out-of-control crime and violent criminals roaming the streets were a staple of Donald Trump's populist campaign rhetoric a year ago, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned of rising crime in many of his public speeches. In a statement, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill credited the NYPD's tactics with the crime drop: "Today's new data confirms what we in New York City have known for years now: Enhanced training, improved tactics, and constructive engagement with the public we serve all lead to long-term reductions in crime".

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Beyond a narrative told by national statistics, violent crime continues to be concentrated in a handful of large cities and experts caution that local nuance is critical to understanding the overall increase. For example, violent crime rose 32.4% in Vermont and fell 5.3% in Florida.

The FBI's release of the figures comes as the Trump administration has warned ominously of a risky crime wave. "Crime is incredibly geographically conscience - not just Chicago verses other cities, but even within Chicago".

Chicago alone has been responsible for more than half the increase in the murder rate in the nation's 30 largest cities, according to the Brennan Center's analysis. Fordham University law professor John Pfaff pointed out that "five neighborhoods in Chicago explain 10 percent of the national increase in homicide rates", NBC reported.

Homicides went up past year in more than three dozen of the country's biggest cities or counties, according to data collected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the group of law enforcement leaders. "Rapes and robberies were down in a majority of big cities from the same period past year, too".

In Springfield, the number of homicides declined from 18 in 2015 to 12 in 2016. Some other cities included in the group's data had smaller increases, including Nashville, which reported 83 homicides, up from 79 the year before, and El Paso, which reported 21 killings, up from 19 the year before. Property crime dropped slightly.

The FBI report, "Crime in the USA", is released annually and compiles the latest tally of crimes reported to local police.

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