The FBI released numbers from its annual report on crime in the United States.
Initial findings from the annual Uniform Crime Report are out, and appear to contain good news: violent crime went down 4 percent and property crime 0.8 percent nationwide in 2011.
In the city of Los Angeles, violent crime went down in every category except murder (there were 297, 4 more than in 2010) and arson. Locally, murder more than doubled (to 15) in Anaheim and (to 7) in Pasadena in 2011, bucking the national trend.
A few additional interesting tidbits:
- Los Angeles seems to experience an inordinate number of arsons: 1,376 in 2011, a large number even for a big city. The next closest was Detroit, with 957, albeit with a much smaller population than LA.
- Murder seems to be going rural or suburban. Down almost everywhere, homicide spiked in cities under 25,000 and especially in cities under 10,000 in population.
- Oakland, CA had a nasty year for violent crime. Murder went up from 90 to 104 in 2011 and only rape and arson went down in the violent crime category.