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Turlock sees more violent crime, fewer burglaries in 2016
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The crime rate in Turlock saw little change in 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s recently released crime statistic report.

Crime in the United States, 2016 is a compilation of information on Part One crimes reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The UCR Program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. 

Turlock’s Part One crime rate for 2016 was at 40.28 per 1,000 residents.

Violent crimes saw increases in 2016 in Turlock, but by just a slight amount. In 2016, there were 384 reported incidents of violent crime, while 2015 had 381 reports. The homicide rate for 2016 took a dramatic increase of 250 percent because there were seven homicides, compared to two in 2015. Forcible rapes increased from 17 in 2015 to 23 in 2016. Aggravated assaults grew from 259 in 2015 to 261 in 2016.

In 2016 there were 474 reported burglaries, compared to 602 the year prior. Larcenies dropped from 1,624 in 2015 to 1,495 in 2016. There were 10 fewer robberies between 2015 and 2016, with 103 in 2015 and 93 in 2016.

In Stanislaus County areas under the jurisdiction of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, there were 470 reported incidents of violent crime, according to the FBI report. The county saw 11 homicides, 42 rapes, 134 robberies, and 283 aggravated assaults.

There were 1,821 reported property crimes in those county areas, with 726 burglaries, 1,034 larcenies, 61 motor vehicle thefts, and 14 arsons.

The University Police Department at Stanislaus reported they had one aggravated assault in 2016. They reported 72 property crimes, with three burglaries, 65 larcenies, and four motor vehicle thefts.

Nationally, violent crime increased for the second consecutive year, while property crime decreased for the 14th straight year, according to the FBI’s annual report. Overall violent crime rose 4.1 percent last year, while property crime fell 1.3 percent compared to 2015 figures.

There were an estimated 17,250 murders in the U.S. last year, an 8.6 percent increase from 2015. The report showed there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S. last year. Though the violent crime numbers rose from 2015 to 2016, the five-year and 10-year trends show an increase from 2012 (up 2.6 percent) and a decrease from 2007 (down 12.3 percent).

Additional statistics from Crime in the United States, 2016 include:

— Last year’s data shows there were 95,730 rapes reported to law enforcement, based on the UCR’s legacy definition.

— Of the violent crimes reported to police in 2016, aggravated assault made up 64.3 percent, while robbery was 26.6 percent. Rape (legacy definition) accounted for 7.7 percent of the violent crimes reported last year, and murder made up 1.4 percent.

— About 7.9 million property crimes were reported to the UCR, with losses (excluding arson) of about $15.6 billion.

— The report estimates that law enforcement agencies made about 10.7 million arrests in 2016 (excluding arrests for traffic violations).