USA – Ok, there’s no reason to panic. The Justice Department did a telephone survey of 75,000 Americans, and found that assaults last year caused the numbers to jump for the first time in almost 20 years.
The majority of the cases were simple assaults, without a weapon, that caused minor injuries. 3.9 million of them, but who’s going to make a big deal over a drunken bar brawl. That’s a 22% increase since 1993, with 2010 holding the record low numbers.
On the other hand, there were about 1.8 million serious attacks such as rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. But those numbers haven’t changed much from the previous year.
For the more serious crimes, whites and Hispanics show an increase in numbers but not blacks, with a rise in incidents for men but not women.
Important to note, according to the survey, about half of violent crimes aren’t reported to police.
To put your mind at ease, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report is scheduled for release on October 29th, and is expected to show a continued decline in overall crime.