The violent crime increase has been on the radar for law enforcement.
This is also a reflection of the violent crime rate in Kansas and for the country where crime rate has been rising significantly for the past three years.
According to the FBI, the nation’s violent crime rate rose 4 percent last year.
The FBI defines violent crime as composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Which means those offenses have to involve force or threat of force.
A comparison of the national and state statistics shows the rates are similar.
Since 2014, violent crime has risen by more than 1,000.
“We do presentations within the community and do outreach through that to inform and educate people. Our main thing is to educate people on some things that can happen,” said Derrick Smith, Officer of Public Affairs.
The highest number of criminal convictions in Douglas County last year was rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
But the most common convictions in Douglas County are theft, domestic battery and criminal damage to property.
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