FBI: Violent crime up in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - 5,900 violent crimes were committed in Utah in 2012. That's about a four percent increase from the previous year.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - 5,900 violent crimes were committed in Utah in 2012. That's about a four percent increase from the previous year.

5,900 violent crimes were committed in Utah in 2012. That's about a four percent increase from the previous year.

“A lot of it is our bank robbery suspects have drug histories they have drug problems they need to get in their eyes to get easy money for their drugs,” said Detective Jarred Richardson with Unified Police Department.

The Unified Police Department is one agency that saw increase in violent crime calls but a spokesperson says it's a result of bringing on the Midvale and Taylorsville departments.

“Our call volume has gone up the number of violent crimes has gone up a little bit just because we brought in more area that we have those incidents in them our bank robberies have gone up in the last 6 months,” said Richardson.

The 50 murders reported in Utah last year was the same number reported the previous year Unified police say the slight uptick in other violent crimes such as rape robbery and aggravated assault can be attributed to Utah’s population growth.

Property crime continues to place Utah in the middle of the pack.
Car theft shot up 15 percent in Salt Lake City.

But even with the slick uptick in some crimes, the beehive state remains a relatively safe place to live.

Utah has the sixth lowest violent crime rate in the country behind Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wyoming.

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