Reno's murder rate drops to 3rd lowest in 32 years

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - In 2016, the city of Reno had the third lowest murder rate in 32 years but vehicle burglaries were up by a third from 2015.

The Reno Police Department has released its annual report. It states there were 15 murders in each 2014 and 2015, but that dropped to nine in 2016.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports list the number of Reno murders for each year since 1985. Using the number of murders and U.S. Census Bureau population estimates for Reno, in 2016 there were 3.7 murders per 100,000 people. That is topped only by the 3 murders per 100,000 people in 2012 and the 3.2 murders per 100,000 in 2001.

Reno has averaged 11.9 murders per year since 1985. The worst year for murders was 2006 when there were 23, although the highest murder rate was 1994 when there were 13.8 per 100,000 people.

In other crimes listed in the report, vehicle burglaries were up 32 percent from 2015 to 2016 and assault was up 27 percent. Robberies were up 14 percent, thefts were up 6 percent, sexual assault was up 2 percent and burglaries dropped by 16 percent.

The report did not give explanations for changes in the number of crimes.