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Monday, September 24, 2018

Newly-Released FBI Crime Data Shows Violent Crime Decline in 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation today released the 2017 edition of its Crime in the United States (CIUS) report, a part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). The report, which covers January-December 2017, reflects that after two consecutive, historic increases in violent crime, in the first year of the Trump Administration the nationwide violent crime rate began to decline.  The report estimates that the nationwide violent crime rate decreased by approximately one percent in 2017, while the nationwide homicide rate decreased by nearly one and a half percent.  

“After historic increases in violent crime in 2015 and 2016, we are beginning to see encouraging signs,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “But our work is not done. While we have made progress, violent crime and drug trafficking continue to plague our communities and destroy the lives of innocent, law-abiding Americans. Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice has restored common sense criminal charging and sentencing policies, surged resources to jurisdictions facing some of the highest levels of violence and drug abuse, targeted enforcement efforts against the most violent offenders, and developed innovative approaches to address pervasive crime problems. And we are continuing our steadfast commitment to work with our state, local, and tribal partners across the country to confront the lawlessness, deter violent crime, dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, eradicate the scourge of drug trafficking, and restore the rule of law. The American people deserve no less.” 

The report released today also adjusts and corrects numbers for 2016, showing that the nationwide homicide rate actually increased by 8.8 percent (as opposed to 7.9 percent, as previously reported) in 2016. In 2017, the rate of rapes increased by 2.2 percent, while the aggravated assault rate increased by 0.3 percent and the robbery rate decreased by 4.7 percent. Aggravated assaults were 65 percent of violent crimes reported to law enforcement in 2017, while robberies and rapes were 25.6 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Murder accounted for 1.4 percent of violent crimes reported to law enforcement in 2017.

For the full report click here.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18 - 1239
Updated September 24, 2018