FBI: US Murders Rose 30% in 2020

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recorded a surge in murders in the United States at around 30 percent in 2020, and a rise in the overall violent crimes for the first time in four years. 

Murder offenses increased 29.4 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, which is the largest annual increase since records have been documented in the 1960s. 

The FBI’s annual report said that the 2020 statistics roughly calculated that the violent crime rate was 387.8 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate charted 1,958.2 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. 

The FBI added that the violent crime rate went up by 5.2% with nearly 1.3 million incidents, and the property rate plummeted to 8.1 percent for the 18th consecutive year.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program gathers information from law enforcement agencies’ reports across the country. 


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