Vancouvers violentcrime count rose in 2009

first_imgSearch an online version of the FBI crime statistics database (and others) at our Datacenter web page.Violent crime in Vancouver rose last year, bucking a nationwide trend, according to preliminary statistics released Monday by the FBI.According to the data, violent crime in the nation fell 5.5 percent in 2009, the third consecutive year of declines. Vancouver, though, went the other way, posting an 8.4 percent increase.The Vancouver totals for violent crimes: 656 in 2009, compared with 605 in 2008. That figure includes a jump in homicides from 0 to 6; forcible rapes from 105 to 117; and aggravated assaults from 324 to 375. Robberies fell from 176 to 158.Property crimes in Vancouver dropped from 6,298 to 5,944, or 5.6 percent, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which details the year-over-year ups and downs of vilent crimes — murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault — and property crimes — burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. A one-year increase does not necessarily signal that Vancouver has become a significantly more dangerous place, police said.Instead, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman said increases in violent crime can, in part, be attributed to the data’s narrow scope. According to five-year trend lines analyzed by the police department, homicides, rapes, robberies, burglaries and auto thefts are all at or below yearly averages.last_img read more