Nationwide, the FBI estimated that in 2012, the number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent, according to the figures released in September. However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses, collectively, according to the report.
Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.