The latest Crime in Alabama report shows most property crimes and even violent crimes were down in 2012, but with two key exceptions.
The report issued annually by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, found overall crime declined by 5%, paced by declines in reports of rape, burglary and motor vehicle theft. But homicides were up by 5%, and aggravated assaults were up six percent statewide.
Experts say the increase in homicides may signal Alabama is part of a national trend.
"You have economic conditions that are somewhat slower and stagnant," said James Graboys, Interim Chief of the Alabama State University Police. "You have individuals with easier access to weapons. And tempers can get frayed."
The report also provides comprehensive statistics on crimes in all counties and cities across the state.
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