Anchorage crime report shows property crimes up

Feb 20, 2014 -- 10:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The good news in a crime report just released by the FBI is that violent crime was down in the first half of 2013 for Anchorage. The bad news for Anchorage was that property crimes spiked during the same period of time. The Anchorage Daily News says the report shows violent crimes in the categories of murder, robbery and aggravated assault declined by 1.4 percent during the first 6 months of 2013. However the reports states there was a rise in rape from 145 in 2012 to 199 in 2013. Officials attribute the rise in part to a broader definition of the crime by the FBI. Property crimes jumped 14.4 percent during the first half of 2013 over 2012. The category includes burglaries, larcenies/thefts, and motor vehicle thefts. 

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