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Crime rates increase across US, decrease in Birmingham

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For the first time in more than a decade, crime is on the rise across the country - but the opposite is happening in Birmingham.

The latest annual National Crime Victimization Survey shows that property crimes went up by 11% in the United States last year while violent crimes rose by 18%. It was the first year to year increase for violent crimes since 1993.

According to numbers released by the Birmingham Police Department last month, crime rates dropped 11% from January to June of this year. The biggest drop was in auto thefts, which are down 33%. Rapes are down 30%, and burglaries are down 15%. Homicides are about the same as last year.

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