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.