Violent crime rose in Fort Worth 4.4% but property crime fell 10.9% in the first six months of 2012 when compared to the same time period in 2011, according to preliminary semi-annual uniform crime report statistics released by the FBI Monday.
The statistics examine the number offenses reported to law enforcement agencies with populations of more than 100,000 between January and June 2012.
In the first half of 2012, Fort Worth saw increases in murders (15%), robberies (12.3%), rapes (2.3%), and aggravated assaults (1.5%), the statistics show. (Star-Telegram stats show by the end of the 2012, slayings in the city had actually decreased from 2011.)
In property crimes, the city saw decreases in reports of burglary (16%), larceny-theft (9.2%), and motor vehicle theft (7.3%). Arson also dropped 5.6%.
Arlington saw a 11.3% rise in violent crime in the first half of 2012, pushed by a 16.2% increase in rape reports received and a 19.9% rise in aggravated assault reports. Murders, however, fell 16.7% and robberies were down 7.9%.
In property crimes, Arlington saw decreases in burglaries (19.6%), larceny/theft (7.9%) and motor vehicle theft (7.4%). Arson rose 42.1%.
Nationwide, the statistics show a 1.9% increase in the number of reported violent crimes in the first half of the year and a 1.5% increase in property crimes. Arson increased 3.2 percent for the country.
- Deanna Boyd