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Violent crime rising throughout US, FBI says

Chicago led the nation in murders in 2016, with 765 people killed - more than double New York's homicide rate - though the IL city has a much smaller population.

The rates of violent crimes reported to municipal police agencies rose in several communities a year ago, including in the Village and Town of Hamburg, Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, the City of Tonawanda, Evans, the Town of Niagara and West Seneca.

"For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime", said America's top prosecutor.

The FBI statistics released Monday showed violent crime rates were still near historical lows, but had increased slightly, according to The Chicago Tribune.

"Prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense. those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences", Sessions said at the time. "The Department of Justice is committed to working with our state, local, and tribal partners across the country to deter violent crime, dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence".

The governor's office said that reported violent crime in CT has declined an overall 20 percent since 2011, though there was a slight increase of 2.6 percent between 2015 to 2016. There were 16,470 known murders in the USA past year.

The new data that shows Detroit's violent crimes for 2016 total 12,842, nearly a full thousand lower than the FBI's number.

"Sadly, Trump will probably seize on these numbers to do more fearmongering", said Thomas Abt, a Harvard Kennedy School researcher who worked on violence prevention in the Obama justice department.

"Concerns about a national crime wave are premature", wrote Ames Grawert and James Cullen, analysts at the Brennan Center for Justice. "But the key is since 2013 we continue to trend downward", he said. The city is continuing that this year, with 192 murders reported through September 17, down from 250 at the same point a year earlier.

The rate, however, remains below historic levels, with the 2016 level 12.3 percent below that of 2007, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation data.

"Chicago accounted for more than 20% of the nationwide murder increase in 2016, despite being home to less than 1% of the US population", the center concluded. Still the rates of these crimes are at their lowest levels in 50 years, and others - like property crimes and burglaries - are still decreasing. In 2015, 484 violent crimes were recorded while 538 violent crimes were noted in the report for 2016.

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