Michael Behm, Executive Director of the Nebraska Crime Commission, announced today that Nebraska experienced a 2% increase in the number of crimes reported to law enforcement agencies during 2011 compared to 2010. Among crimes on the increase are murder and rape.
Michael Behm, Executive Director of the Nebraska Crime Commission, announced today that Nebraska experienced a 2% increase in the number of crimes reported to law enforcement agencies during 2011 compared to 2010. Behm indicated there were 53,285 crimes reported during 2011 compared to 51,992 reported in 2010. These numbers include only the offenses of Murder-Manslaughter, Forcible Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny-Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson which serve as the basis for measuring crime statewide.
In the violent crime category, Nebraska experienced an 8% decrease with 4,420 violent crimes reported during 2011 compared to 4,817 reported in 2010. Murder, Manslaughter increased 20% (from 54 to 65 offenses). Forcible Rape increased 6% (from 627 to 663). Robbery decreased 3% (from 1,018 to 989) and Aggravated Assault decreased 13% (from 3,118 reported in 2010 to 2,703 reported in 2011).
“The violent crimes of Murder, Manslaughter and Forcible Rape both differed from the national trend which the FBI recently reported had decreased for both of these crimes” said Behm.
In terms of property crime, a 4% increase occurred with 48,865 offenses reported in 2011 compared to 47,175 reported in 2010. Burglary had an increase of 4% (from 7,866 reported in 2010 to 8,218 in 2011). Larceny-Theft increased 3% (from 35,539 to 36,459). Motor Vehicle Theft increased 13% (from 3,508 to 3,972) and Arson decreased 18% (from 262 in 2010 to 216 in 2011).
“Nebraska’s increase in property crimes differed from the national trend which showed a 0.8 percent decrease. Nebraska saw increases in Larceny-Theft and Motor Vehicle Theft while the FBI reported the nation overall had decreases in these crimes ” said Behm.
Crime in Omaha increased 7% (from 19,718 offenses reported in 2010 to 21,161 offenses in 2011). Lincoln experienced a 3% decrease (from 11,494 to 11,180). Cities of 5,000 to 99,999 in population saw a very slight decrease (from 13,679 to 13,668). Cities under 5,000 population had an 8% decrease (from 1,113 to 1,019 in 2011). County areas reported a 5% increase (from 5,630 to 5,900). Crime occurring on State Property remained virtually the same (from 358 to 357).