LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s overall crime rate fell for the third straight year in 2015, but the state saw a slight increase in violent crimes, according to new data.

State law enforcement reported a 9 percent decrease in overall crime compared to 2014, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/2cRUFaY ). The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice says a 5 percent dip in robberies and a 19 percent drop in burglaries contributed to the overall decrease.

“These numbers are parallel to FBI reports that show crimes are also decreasing nationwide,” Commission Executive Director Darrell Fisher said in a statement.

However, violent crime increased almost 1 percent last year. The number of reported rapes and aggravated assaults was higher than the previous year.

Nebraska had 61 criminal homicides in 2015, the most since 2011, when there were 68, according to the commission’s statistics. Property crimes dropped 10 percent from the previous year, but arson reports increased by 36 percent.

Lincoln experienced a 1 percent increase in crime, while crime fell 13 percent in Omaha.

From 2014 to 2015, Lincoln police had one homicide, down from seven. But the city has seen increases in rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported a slight dip in violent crime and 17 percent drop in property crime.

Fewer hate crimes were reported in 2015 as well.

Nebraska had 19 hate crimes last year compared with 46 in 2014. Racial and sexual bias accounted for almost all of the incidents, the commission said.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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