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Las Vegas sees uptick in crime in 2012, FBI reports

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Steve Marcus

A Metro Police crime scene investigator records information in front of a business near Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road, where a woman was found dead with a gunshot wound Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

Las Vegas became less safe last year, courtesy of increases in both violent and property crimes, according to crime data released Monday in an annual FBI report.

Violent crimes in 2012 in Metro Police’s jurisdiction increased 7 percent over 2011, while property crimes surged by 12 percent, bucking a national trend.

The data is from the FBI’s 2012 Crime in the United States report, which is a compilation of offense and arrest data reported by local law enforcement agencies.

The report classifies murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault as violent crimes. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

Nationally, violent crime increased 0.7 percent and property crimes decreased 0.9 percent in 2012, according to the report. The dip in property crimes nationwide marked the 10th consecutive year of declines for those offenses, collectively.

Spikes in robberies and aggravated assaults in Las Vegas fueled the overall increase in violent crimes here.

There were 3,824 robberies in Metro’s jurisdiction last year compared with 3,493 in 2011, according to the report. Aggravated assaults jumped from 6,587 in 2011 to 7,102 last year.

The number of murders in Metro’s jurisdiction fell 7 percent, from 82 in 2011 to 76 in 2012.

Henderson fared better in terms of crime last year.

Violent crimes in Henderson in 2012 dropped by roughly 22 percent, and property crimes decreased by 10 percent, according to the report.

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