Reported violent crime totals in four categories -- homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults -- declined in a compilation of data from 69 cities through September compared with the same period last year, the Major Cities Chiefs Association reported on Friday. The group said homicides dropped from 6,635 last year to 5,927 this year, rapes from 22,927 to 21,181, robberies from 79,591 to 77,603, and aggravated assaults from 218,906 to 211,380.
Although the trends were consistent across many reporting jurisdictions, there were notable exceptions. For example, homicides reported in Washington, D.C., jumped from 155 in the first nine months of last year to 213 through September this year. Homicides in Memphis rose from 181 to 218 and in Dallas from 198 to 205. Reported robberies in Chicago increased from 6,277 last year to 7,845 this year. New York City did not submit numbers for the report.