Baltimore has seventh highest violent crime rate

Baltimore has seventh highest violent crime rate

The city of Baltimore hasn’t responded yet to the latest Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime statistics for 2013. The city’s murder rate is the fifth highest in the country for cities with populations 100,000 and over and seventh for violent crimes.

The Uniform Crime Report is a compilation of data sent to the FBI by the states. According to the UCR, Baltimore’s murder rate increased to 37.4 percent for every 100,000 people. The city reported 233 murders to the FBI for 2013. As of Nov. 10, 2014, there have been 188 murders in Baltimore. Non-fatal shootings showed a decrease of 12 percent.

The number of violent crimes in the nation decreased last year, and Baltimore saw a decrease of .07 percent in violent crimes. However, some areas of violent crimes increased. There was a 3.5 percent increase in robberies. There are some disparities, though, between the number of crimes reported to the FBI by the city and what the city publicly reported.

Cities that had higher murder rates per 100,000 people were Detroit, Michigan, New Orleans, Louisiana, Newark, New Jersey, and St. Louis, Missouri. Baltimore was sixth in the country in murder rates in 2012, but Flint, Michigan, no longer has 100,000 people, which moved up Baltimore. Baltimore had almost as many murders in 2013 as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania did — and Philadelphia has almost a million more people.

Those who have been charged with a violent crime need to know that they have rights and that includes the right to a fair trial. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide defendants with guidance on how your case should proceed.

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