FBI data show increase in murder, violent crime in 2015

2016-09-26 19:56

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Washington — The FBI says the number of murders reported by local law enforcement agencies jumped by roughly 10% in 2015 from the year before.

New crime statistics released on Monday show the estimated number of murders in the nation was 15 696, or a 10.8% jump from the 2014 estimate.

The FBI says that, overall, violent crime rose by 3.9% in 2015. But it's still down from where it was five and 10 years ago.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the new statistics in a speech on Monday in Little Rock.

She said that while the numbers show that "we still have so much work to do," 2015 represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades. She says crime is stable or down in many communities.

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