Violent crime sees 7% increase in 2017

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Violent crime throughout the state continues to rise, according to newly released data – something that does not surprise those on the front lines of public safety.

New crime numbers from the Department of Public safety shows last year, violent crime rose 6 percent statewide but reached 7 percent when calculated per 100,000 residents. Overall violent crime hit 35 percent since 2013, slipping slightly to 34 percent per 100,000 residents.

Additionally, property crime offenses rose 5 percent last year and 23 percent since 2013.

Violent crime sees 7% increase in 2017


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