The overall increase in vio­lent crime should not be sur­prising or cause for alarm, said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity crim­i­nology pro­fessor James Alan Fox. With a steady decline in vio­lent crime over the past two decades, “it is almost inevitable that some bounce back would occur,” he said.

The number of mur­ders was down 1.7 per­cent and the number of rapes decreased 1.4 per­cent. Rob­beries increased 2 per­cent and aggra­vated assault was up by 2.3 percent.

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