The Fed­eral Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion reported that vio­lent crime in the United States rose for the first time in six years in 2012 — and Indi­anapolis was no excep­tion. There were 776 more vio­lent crimes and seven more mur­ders in Indi­anapolis in 2012 than in 2011, according to the FBI.

But experts cau­tioned that it would be pre­ma­ture to attach any sig­nif­i­cance to the sta­tis­tical bump.

I would be very careful not to jump to any con­clu­sions based on one year” said James Alan Fox, a crim­i­nology pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston. “Vio­lent crime has been decreasing for so long it was bound to go up.”

According to the FBI’s 2012 pre­lim­i­nary Uni­form Crime Report, vio­lent crime increased 1.2 per­cent nation­wide but jumped 3.7 per­cent in cities with pop­u­la­tions sim­ilar to Indi­anapolis — 500,000 to 1 mil­lion people.

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