Birmingham's High Crime Rate

The FBI has just released its newest crime statistics for the Birmingham area, reflecting all the crimes reported by the Birmingham Police Department in 2011. While the official 2010 numbers have never been made available to compare, it seems that the overall number of crimes in Birmingham is on the decline. The 57 homicides in Birmingham for 2011 was the fewest amount on record since 1966 when there were 56. This pattern would reflect the FBI's finding that crime rates are down in almost every region in the country.

Even if the trend is improving for Birmingham, the newly released FBI numbers show that the area is still one of high crime.

In the 2011 preliminary report there were 1,916 aggravated assaults, 1,011 robberies, and 182 forcible rapes that occurred within the city, according to police. These totals for violent crimes are much higher than those in Alabama's other largest cities. Mobile was the next closest, reporting 1,619 violent crimes in 2011.

The Birmingham FBI report also showed there were 17,841 property crimes in 2011. Offenses falling in this category include crimes of a non-violent nature such as theft, arson, vandalism, and burglary.

These numbers show the high levels at which people in Birmingham are charged with criminal offenses. If you or someone you know has been charged with one of the crimes included in the FBI's latest report or one of a less serious nature, be sure to contact an attorney with years of experience successfully handling cases in the Birmingham area.

Source: Jeremy Davis, FBI releases preliminary crime stats for 2011, The Birmingham News, June 11, 2012.

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