Violent Crimes Dropped In 2017

Crime rates declined marginally during the first half of 2017, according to a federal report released this week.

The FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report shows both violent and property crimes fell 0.8 percent and 2.9 percent last year compared to the first six months of 2016. The rates for arson and larceny declined more than 3 percent while reported burglaries dropped twice as far to 6.1 percent behind 2016.

Reported murders increased 1.5 percent and rapes fell more than 4 percent — though the FBI clarifies a change in its definition likely spurred the decline.

“In 2016, the FBI director approved the recommendation to discontinue the reporting of rape data using the UCR legacy definition beginning in 2017,” the report reads. “Therefore, the rape data reported by those agencies using the UCR legacy definition are not included in this report.”

In 2011, FBI Director Robert Mueller approved a revamped version of the UCR’s 80-year-old definition of rape. The new definition — implemented into the FBI’s crime reporting systems in 2013 — reads: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Notably, the new definition removes the term “forcible” and broadens the scope of the crime “by capturing gender neutrality” to include victims sodomized by a perpetrator of the same sex, according to a 2012 memo from the FBI.

The agency further cautioned against using the report data to rank crime rates in individual cities, noting local law enforcement agencies voluntarily submit the information and face varying limitations.

“Comparisons lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents,” the report reads. “Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. It is important to remember that crime is a social problem and, therefore, a concern of the entire community.”

source: guns.com

  • Endlesspath

    “The agency further cautioned against using the report data to rank crime rates in individual cities, noting local law enforcement agencies voluntarily submit the information and face varying limitations.”

    This means politicians in liberal cities can limit what the local LEA can and can not report – you know, got to make liberal cities look pretty (remember the police stand-down for ANTIFA/BLM activities/etc. activities)

    • Terry Butts

      Exactly.

      By manipulating the data that way they can hide the fact that reducing the restrictions on ones right to be able to protect themselves actually reduced crime while the increase in those restrictions aided criminals and when the police obey illegal orders to stand down and allow vandalism and violence they can not DEMAND by law that Citizens have no option but to rely on them for protection.

      Especially in a situation when literally a small army is trying to destroy property and attack people based on their race over JUSTICE being followed in a court hearing that looked at actual evidence instead of the MEDIA SPIN about an incident and ruled ACCORDING to what the law says based on the evidence instead of the EMOTIONS stirred up by media manipulation that included people not even in town at the time claiming to be witnesses who only repeated what the one said then later admitted was false when confronted with the physical evidence and other actual witnesses.