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The FBI’s most recent crime statistics reveal increased violence in Little Rock and Arkansas



Little Rock, Arkansas – According to recent statistics, violent crime in Little Rock has increased quickly.

According to data made public by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 5, violent crime in Little Rock and Arkansas is rising quickly. The data is included in the organization’s yearly Crime in the Nation report.

The FBI report is based on crimes that were reported to its program for uniform crime reporting. 285 of Arkansas’ 308 law enforcement organizations, including Little Rock’s police department, provide crime statistics to this program.

Violent crime started to rise after 280,326 violent incidents were reported countrywide in 2019. In 2021, there were reported 468,832 violent crimes, a 67% increase. In the same time period, incidents in Arkansas increased by 16%, from 14,040 in 2019 to 16,275 in 2021.

In Little Rock, there were 2,201 violent crimes in 2018 compared to 2,432 in 2017. Violent crime then started to rise significantly, reaching 3,007 instances in 2021, a 36% increase from 2018.

With 31 incidences in 2019, the lowest year since 2015, and a steady increase to 60 incidents in 2021—nearly doubling over the preceding 12 years—homicides represent an even higher surge for Little Rock. 64 homicides have already occurred in Little Rock in 2022.

Since 1960, 1993 has seen the most homicides in Capitol City with 70 being reported.

Little Rock came in at position 163 out of 180 American communities in WalletHub’s report on safety. Little Rock tied for first place in the study’s Most Assaults per Capita category with Birmingham, St. Louis, Detroit, and Memphis on a per-capita basis.

According to FBI statistics, Little Rock experienced a relatively stable period that come to an end in 2019 with 1,606 reports of aggravated assault. In 2021, there were 2,301 reports of the same offense, a 43% increase.

In Arkansas, only serious assaults are classified as felonies. It carries a maximum six-year jail sentence and a $10,000 fine.