Violent Crime Spikes In New York City
New York - While crime is down nationally, preliminary FBI statistics released Monday show that violent crime jumped 6.8 percent in New York City during the first six months of 2010.
Robberies increased 3.6 percent, murders were up 12.3 percent, rapes increased by 13.9 percent, and aggravated assaults increased 8.8 percent in the city.
Property crimes did drop about one percent in the city during that period.
FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk cautioned, “Many factors contribute to changes in the crime rate."
The FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report showed nationally crime was down 6.2 percent during the same period.
The national decrease in the number of violent crimes was 6.2 percent and property crimes were down 2.8 percent when compared with data from the same time period in the prior year.
The report is based on information from more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six comparable months of data to the FBI during the first six months of both 2009 and 2010.
Arson offenses, which are tracked separately from other property crimes, decreased 14.6 percent nationwide.