SALT LAKE CITY –There was a slight increase in violent crimes in the U.S. in 2012 compared to 2011, and Salt Lake City is among the cities to see a jump.
Uniform Crime Reporting statistics for 2012 show a 1.2 percent increase in violent crime nationwide, and regions in the West experienced the largest increases. The statistics are preliminary, and the full report will be released later this year.
The number of violent crimes in Salt Lake City went from 1,230 in 2011 to 1,295 in 2012. Salt Lake City saw eight murders, 119 forcible rapes, 314 robberies and 854 aggravated assaults in 2012.
Other major Utah cities saw decreases in violent crime. Provo went from 156 to 148 reported violent crimes. West Jordan dropped from 215 to 198. West Valley City went from 598 to 593.