Homicides up 30 percent, FBI says
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2020, homicides increased almost 30 percent from 2019.
The FBI confirmed that the data released Monday marks the first time in four years that the number of violent crimes in the US increased from the previous year.
Overall, crime was down 6 percent, but violent crime increased by five percent.
“In 2020, there were an estimated 1,277,696 violent crimes,” the FBI said. “When compared with the estimates from 2019, the estimated number of robbery offenses fell 9.3 percent and the estimated volume of rape (revised definition) offenses decreased 12.0 percent.”
According to CNN, the increase in homicides marked the “largest single-year increase” since the FBI began collecting data in the 1960s.
Last year saw 21,570 reported homicides. Most victims and offenders of violent crimes fell between the ages of 20 and 29.
However, the data is not comprehensive, as approximately 15 percent of eligible agencies did not participate. Among those cities that neglected to submit data are New York and Chicago.