Sat. 8:25 pm: Warren bucks trend on violent crime

WARREN – The 2015 FBI crime statistics are in and like most states, violent crimes increased in Ohio, but Warren police report robberies and homicides are down.

The FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report compiles statistics from law enforcement agencies, covering 97.7 percent of the country’s population.

The report showed an increase of 3 percent in violent crime nationwide and a 2.2 percent uptick in Ohio. Michigan was the only state to see a decrease.

The FBI defines violent crimes as offenses that involve force or threat of force, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Although rape and robbery decreased by less than 2 percent statewide, murder and aggravated assault increased by 7.6 and 6.9 percent, respectively. In Youngstown, violent crimes increased by a rate above the state average, with murders rising 36 percent, aggravated assault rising 9.2 percent and, defying state decreases, robberies and rapes rose too.

Read more about Warren’s crime statistics in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.