AUSITN (KXAN) — The number of violent crimes is on the rise across Central Texas according to new data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, or UCR, defines violent crime as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
According to the Crimes in the United States report for 2016, Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Fayette and Lee counties reported an increase in violent crimes over 2015. Hays County did not report crimes to the program in 2015, but lists 193 violent crimes for 2016.
The number of violent crimes stayed the same at 35 for Caldwell County, while Gillespie, Llano and Mason counties reported fewer violent crimes year-to-year.
Based on the UCR data, the FBI estimates the number of violent crimes in the US increased for the second straight year, rising 4.1 percent in 2016.