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FBI Releases the 2010 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report Figures for New York City

FBI New York December 20, 2010

According to the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report released today, the nation experienced a 6.2 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 2.8 percent decline in the number of property crimes from January to June 2010, when compared with data from the same time period in the prior year. In a localized analysis of crime data, New York City experienced a 6.8 percent increase in the number of violent crimes and an approximate 1 percent decline in the number of property crimes from January to June 2010.  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.

Violent Crime

  • From January to June 2010, all four of the offense types in the violent crime category increased in New York City when compared with data for the same time period in 2009. Robbery increased 3.6 percent, murder was up 12.3 percent, forcible rape increased by 13.9 percent, and aggravated assault increased by 8.8 percent.

Property Crime

  • Property crime was down 1.1 percent in New York City for the first six months of 2010 compared with data for the same months of 2009. Motor vehicle theft dropped less than one percentage point while larceny-theft fell 1.7 percent, and burglary decreased 2.2 percent.
  • Property crime declined in all four regions, with a 3.6 percent decrease in the South, a 3.1 percent decrease in the West, a 2.5 decrease in the Midwest, and a 0.2 percent decrease in the Northeast.

Arson

Arson offenses, which are tracked separately from other property crimes, decreased 14.6 percent nationwide. By population group, the largest decline in the number of arson offenses (17.2 percent) was in cities with populations of 50,000 to 99,999 residents. Arson also fell in metropolitan counties by 21.6 percent and in nonmetropolitan counties by 19.4 percent. Law enforcement agencies in all four regions reported fewer arsons, including declines of 17.6 percent in the West, 14.3 percent in the South, 12.6 percent in the Midwest, and 10.2 percent in the Northeast.

FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk said, “Many factors contribute to changes in the crime rate, and as we review the statistics submitted by law enforcement, we see an increase in violent crime and a decrease of property crimes in our area.  The FBI, along with our local and state law enforcement partners, continues to analyze crime trends and develop new methods of approaching them. We will continue to aggressively investigate those that break the federal criminal statutes in New York City with the goal of keeping our city safe.”

Note: Caution against ranking—When the FBI publishes crime data in its Uniform Crime Reports throughout the year, some entities use the figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.

The complete Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2010, is available exclusively at http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats.

 

FBI Releases the 2010 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report Figures for New York City