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Kansas Bureau of Investigation releases annual crime report

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The report showed an overall increase of 4.2 percent in violent crime such as murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults and batteries. (KBI) The report showed an overall increase of 4.2 percent in violent crime such as murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults and batteries. (KBI)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has released the 2016 Kansas Crime Index Report.

The report compiled crime statistics reported to the KBI by local and state law enforcement agencies across the state, which are submitted through the Kansas Incident Based Reporting System.

The report showed an overall increase of 4.2 percent in violent crime such as murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults and batteries. The increase happened even after a sharp 11.2 percent increase in violent crime in 2015.

The incidence of murder continued to rise in 2016. Kansas had a total of 148 murders reported, which is an increase of 12.1 percent over the number reported in 2015.

Of those, 14.3 percent involved multiple murders in a single incident.

The murder rate in 2016 is the highest Kansas has seen since 2000. That year, 156 murders were reported. The highest murder rate ever recorded in the state was in 1993, which had 188 murders reported.

Property crime in Kansas has tended to decline in the past several years. However, this year’s 2 percent increase in the overall property crime rate has been driven by a significant increase in the number of vehicle thefts.

The full 2016 Kansas Crime Index report can be read here.

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