New Statistics Show Kansas Crime Rates Up

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New FBI figures show a slight decline in violent crime nationwide last year, but Kansas is a different story. The FBI's 2007 report on crime statistics shows violent crimes down by seven-tenths of 1 percent nationwide, while Kansas recorded a 7-percent increase from the previous year.

The FBI classifies violent crimes as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes nationwide fell for the fifth year in a row. Kansas saw a 1.5 percent drop in overall property crimes, which include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

The report is a compilation of offense and arrest data reported by nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.