Violent crime rate up slightly in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – New FBI data shows violent crime ticked up statewide, but Utah still has among the lowest rates in the country.

Nearly 5,900 violent crimes were committed in Utah in 2012. That’s up about 4 percent from the previous year. The state’s rate of violent crimes per 100,000 people was the sixth-lowest in the country.

The FBI’s violent crime metric includes four crimes: murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Nationally, violent crime increased by less than 1 percent, FBI data shows.

The 50 murders reported in Utah in 2012 were the same number as the previous year. The state’s rate of 1.8 homicides per 100,000 people was the fifth-lowest in the country.

In Salt Lake City, violent crimes, property crimes, and murders increased in 2012.

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