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Violent crimes increased in 2012 in western U.S.


Washington, Jun 3 (EFE).- Statistics from 2012 show an increase in the rates of violent crime and crimes against property in the western half of the United States, the FBI said Monday.

The FBI compiled the data from 18,000 local and state police stations, university campuses, Native American reservations and federal law enforcement institutions and found that, compared with 2011, last year the West had the highest rate of increase in reported violent crimes: 3.3 percent.

The Northeast was the only region of the country that registered a decline in violent crime - 0.6 percent - and it was the only area that experienced reductions in the four categories of violent crime: murders, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The cities with populations between 500,000 and 1 million experienced a 3.7 increase in violent crimes compared to 2011.

The West also registered an increase of 5.2 percent in crimes against property, and in this category it showed an increase of 10.6 percent in automobile thefts.

Nationwide, the number of violent crimes increased by 1.2 percent and crimes against property decreased by 0.8 percent.

The report released on Monday by the FBI is a preliminary summary of the full set of statistics that the bureau will publish in October, where it will be possible to compare crime rates by city.