And Detroit was a close runner-up, in that sense. The city reported 386 homicides for last year — that’s enough murders to account for one in every 1,832 residents. (Via PBS)
To compare — according to the FBI’s stats, one in about every 5,430 Chicago residents were murder victims in 2012.
In all, the FBI reports violent crime rose by 0.7 percent across the nation last year, and 69 percent of all recorded homicides in the U.S. involved the use of a gun. (Via WMAQ)
But while the number of murders and aggravated assaults was on the rise, the number of robberies in the U.S. actually decreased — this is the tenth year in a row property crimes have been on the decline. (Via The Washington Post)
The western states saw the biggest increase in violent crime throughout the country, followed by the Midwest. But, there’s some good news — violent crime did fall in the southern states and the Northeast.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.