Bucking both statewide and national trends, crime in the city of Sacramento and unincorporated Sacramento County dipped in 2016, according to data released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Of the violent crimes reported to police in 2016, aggravated assault made up 64.3 percent, while robbery was 26.6 percent.
Nationally, violent crime numbers rose 2.6 percent from 2012 through 2016, though Connecticut's neighboring states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and NY all saw decreases in overall rates.
Murders and non-negligent manslaughters decreased 33 percent in CT from 2015 to 2016, but the state saw a slight uptick in overall violent crime. On Sept. 17, Chicago hit 500 homicides this year, a 7% decline from the same period in 2016 (preliminary national data for 2017 from New York University's Brennan Center for Justice also predict a slight decline in violent crime).
Erie County's violent crime rate a year ago stayed virtually the same as in 2015, with 404 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents.
"For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime", Sessions said in a statement on Monday. "And we must do it together", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a Justice Department release.
Beyond a narrative told by national statistics, violent crime continues to be concentrated in a handful of large cities and experts caution that local nuance is critical to understanding the overall increase.
"False narratives about a national crime wave will not help". There were 16,470 known murders in the US previous year. "Crime remains near historic lows, with an uptick in murder and violence driven in part by problems in some of our nation's largest cities".More news: Iraqi Kurds begin count in independence referendum
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Those stats, which Craig said include significantly higher numbers than actually occurred due to a "horrible" and antiquated record keeping system, placed Detroit as the most violent city in the USA, per capita, with a population of 50,000 or more.
Homicides went up previous year in more than three dozen of the country's biggest cities or counties, according to data collected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the group of law enforcement leaders.
In Springfield, the number of homicides declined from 18 in 2015 to 12 in 2016. And the data says homicides climbed 8.6 percent. The city is continuing that this year, with 192 murders reported through September 17, down from 250 at the same point a year earlier.
Even with last year's spike, however, Chicago's homicide rate is not at record-high levels.
Violent crime overall has gone up by 4.1% nationally.
The number of reported rapes fell by 14, from 95 to 81.
Law enforcement agencies reported arresting an estimated 10.6 million people in 2016, including 1.5 million charged with drug abuse, more than a million charged with driving under the influence and more than a million for assaults.