Driven by an increase in homicides and a rise in cases of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the United States rose in 2020, according to FBI data. A bright spot in the latest data was a drop in reported robberies. In a sequel to a multi-oftrend, the number of thefts committed in the United States fell by 9%, from approximately 268,500 in 2019 to 243,600 in 2020.
According to the FBI, robbery is a crime in which force or thcoup de force or violence is used to take or attempt to take something of value from another person. The largest share of robberies in the United States are committed on or near streetswalks. HanFirearms are the most common weapon used in robberies, and more often than not among cases where a suspect can be identified, the assailant and victim are strangers to each other.
The decline in the national robbery rate is due in part to particularly steep declines in some metropolitan areas.
Using FBI data, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 50 metropolitan areas with the fastest declining rates of theft. Metropolitan areas are ranked according to the year-over-year change in the number of robberies per 100,000 population. Among the metropolitan areas on this list, robbery rates fell by 54 incidents per 100,000 population. For context, the robbery rate in the United States dropped by 8 incidents per 100,000 in 2020.
Robbery – along with rape, aggravated assault and homicide – is a component of the overall violent crime category. However, robbery accounts for only a small percentage of all violent crime, and despite declining robbery rates, most metro areas on this list reported an overall increase in violent crime in 2020. Here’s a look at the states where crime is skyrocketing.
The largest share of metropolitan areas on this list are in the South, including eight in Florida alone. Most metropolitan areas on this list have a lower robbery rate than the national rate of 74 incidents per 100,000 population. Here’s a look at the states with the highest theft rates.
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