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FBI releases 2022 Crime Stats: Violent crime down, but hate crimes rise

One notable trend in the data was a 1.7 percent estimated decrease in national violent crime compared to 2021 estimates.

FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, has unveiled its comprehensive report on the state of crime in the United States for the year 2022. The release, which includes data from over 11 million criminal offenses, provides insights into the nation’s law enforcement landscape.

Hate Crime Statistics for 2022 revealed a significant rise in hate crimes, with 14,631 law enforcement agencies participating, covering 91.7 percent of the population. These incidents encompassed 11,634 criminal incidents and 13,337 related offenses motivated by bias related to race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity. Single-bias hate crimes dominated, with the top three bias categories being race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, and sexual orientation. The most common bias types within these categories were Anti-Black or African American, Anti-Jewish, and Anti-Gay (male), respectively.

One notable trend in the data was a 1.7 percent estimated decrease in national violent crime compared to 2021 estimates. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter decreased by 6.1 percent, while the revised rape category saw a 5.4 percent decrease. Aggravated assault showed a 1.1 percent decrease, but robbery bucked the trend with a 1.3 percent increase.

In a significant shift, the FBI emphasized the use of the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and the Summary Reporting System (SRS) in collecting data, transitioning away from traditional methods. This transition began in 2015 and reached full implementation in 2021, resulting in a more comprehensive and detailed dataset.

For the 2022 reporting year, data was collected from 13,293 law enforcement agencies using NIBRS, covering more than 256 million U.S. inhabitants. An additional 2,431 non-transitioned agencies contributed SRS data, expanding the population coverage to 93.5 percent. A total of 15,724 agencies participated in the 2022 report.

The 2022 Crime in the Nation data was released through multiple reports, including Crime in the United States (CIUS), NIBRS, NIBRS Estimates, Hate Crime Statistics, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA), and the UCR Summary of Crime in the Nation.

The FBI’s annual crime report provides critical insights into the nation’s safety and law enforcement challenges, highlighting both progress and areas of concern as policymakers and communities work towards safer environments.

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