FBI Finds U.S. Crime Rate Steady In 2021, But Data Incomplete

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI estimates violent crime rates didn’t increase substantially last year, though they remained above pre-pandemic levels, according to annual crime data.

But the report presents an incomplete picture, in part because it doesn’t include some of the nation’s largest police departments.

The analysis, released Wednesday, found violent and property crime remained consistent between 2020 and 2021, with 4.3% uptick in the murder rate that’s not considered statistically significant.

The report comes with major caveats though, since about 40% of law-enforcement agencies didn’t participate after a major overhaul in the reporting system.

That includes big cities like New York City, Los Angeles and Miami.

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