RI’s Most Violent Cities and Towns: New FBI Crime Data

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 

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Murders were down in Providence in 2013 -- whole rapes were up under a new federal definition.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its 2013 crime statistics this week, estimating the number of violent crimes in the country had dropped 4.4% from 2012.  

Nationally, there were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes reported to law enforcement last year -- down from nearly 1,225,000 in 2012 -- along with an estimated 8,632,512 property crimes.

In Rhode Island, however, the number of violent crimes reported in 2013 -- 2,642 -- was up from 2,599 in 2012.  

The annual report released by the FBI includes violent crimes -- murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery -- as well as property crimes including burglary, larceny/theft, and motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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"It's always good to see reports when crime goes down, but as we know, there's still way too much crime and it's way too high," said State Police Superintendent Colonel Steve O'Donnell.  "Each city and town handles its own data to make their own decisions to do what they can."

O'Donnell noted that the State Police was continuing to work in tandem in urban areas.  "We collaborate with North Providence, Central Falls -- we have cars that double up with officers during time of need, so it's much less dependent on data.  And we've certainly seen an impact on the quality of the communities by doing so."

Changes in Providence -- and Reporting

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In Providence, violent crime in 2013 was down from 2012, with a total of 1,115 violent crimes reported in 2013 compared with 1,133 in 2012.  

Murders were down (12 in 2013 compared to 17 in 2012); robbery was up slightly (365 in 2013 to 362 in 2012), aggravated assaulted was down (670 in 2012 to 641 in 2013), and forcible rapes were up (97 in 2013 to 84 in 2012).  

Of note in this year's FBI report, a new definition of rape had begun to be implemented as of January 1, 2013.  

"Beginning in 2013, the UCR Program began collecting rape data under a revised definition. However, not all law enforcement agencies have been able to convert their records management systems to reflect the new definition yet, so this year’s report includes data collected under the previous (or legacy) definition as well as the revised definition," wrote the FBI.  

According to the FBI, "The old definition was 'The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.' Many agencies interpreted this definition as excluding a long list of sex offenses that are  criminal in most jurisdictions, such as offenses involving oral or anal penetration, penetration with objects, and rapes of males. The new Summary definition of Rape is: 'Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” 

GoLocal spoke with Carol Tracy with the Women's Law Project, who had helped lead the effort calling for the change. 

"The reason Women's Law Project led the effort to change the FBI's definition was that it hadn't been changed since 1927 and did not reflect current state law, so the public was not properly informed of the prevalence sex crimes and crimes involving penetration," said Carol Tracy, Executive Director of the Women's Law Project.  "Major police chiefs agreed it needed to be changed and the public wasn't properly informed."

Law Enforcement Perspective

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Michael Long, a police officer for the city of Cranston and a a Providence City Council candidate in this year's election, said that the statistics reported to the FBI "could play a role" in police departments -- but what that role is, depends.  

"For Cranston, and any department, we look more at micro stats, than macro stats," said Long.  "Crimereports.com shows hot spots, and real time reports -- we pay closer attention to that."

Long noted several factors that the police pay attention to in terms of crime -- one being the weather.  

"With the change of seasons, so does the type of crime," said Long.  "Warm weather, people go out, so there's higher property crime in the summer, since they're not deterred by cold or snow.  Right around Christmas, with gifts and new items, we'll see and increase in [breaking and entries]. "There's also been an increase into vacant houses for copper pipes."

"I think things have been fairly consistent in Cranston.  We did however make a stretch of arrests recently where we were catching people during the act.  That's teamwork in the community, if they call, there's a good chance we can stop someone in the act," said Long.  "There's only so many officers, every department across the state is struggling with deficits.  We have partnerships with the community, because there's only so many officers.  During the rush hour, it's almost impossible for police to be pro-active, for example, when they're on the road dealing with accidents.  So we've found community partnerships to be incredibly helpful."

 

Related Slideshow: Most Violent Cities and Towns in RI According to the FBI

Below are 38 cities and towns of Rhode Island ranked by violent crime, according to data by the FBI.  Exeter is not included in the list because it is part of the RI State Police jurisdiction.

 


 

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#38 Little Compton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0

2013 Violent Crimes: 0

2013 Population: 3,474

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape0

Robbery0

Aggravated Assaults0

Interesting fact from the data: Little Compton only recorded 26 property crimes in the entire year.

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#37 Jamestown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents0.184

2013 Violent Crimes: 1

2013 Population: 5,442

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Jamestown had 5 recorded burglaries.

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#36 Barrington

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.184

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 16,286

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Interesting fact from the data: Barrington had 1 recorded arson in the entire year.

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#35 Scituate

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.287

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 10,443

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Scituate had 37 recorded cases of larceny-theft.

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#34 Glocester

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.304

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 9,858

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: Glocester only recorded 49 property crimes in the entire year. 

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#33 East Greenwich

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.458

2013 Violent Crimes: 6

2013 Population: 13,104

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: East Greenwich had 2 recorded motor vehicle thefts.

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#32 Bristol

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.496

2013 Violent Crimes: 11

2013 Population: 22,160

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Bristol had 34 recorded burglaries.

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#31 Portsmouth

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.520

2013 Violent Crimes: 9

2013 Population: 17,300

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 7

Interesting fact from the data: Portsmouth had 210 recorded property crimes in 2013.

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#30 Hopkinton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.616

2013 Violent Crimes: 5

2013 Population: 8,112

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: 84 cases larceny-theft were recorded for the entire year.

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#29 Foster

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.644

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 4,660

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Foster had 0 cases of arson.

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#28 Richmond

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.658

2013 Violent Crimes: 5

2013 Population: 7,598

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: Richmond had 4 recorded motor vehicle thefts.

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#27 South Kingstown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.693

2013 Violent Crimes: 21

2013 Population: 30,309

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, South Kingstown had 297 recorded property crimes.

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#26 Narragansett

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.702

2013 Violent Crimes: 11

2013 Population: 15,668

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: 164 larceny-thefts were recorded in Narragansett  in 2013.

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#25 Smithfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.745

2013 Violent Crimes: 16

2013 Population: 21,490

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 14

Interesting fact from the data: Only 3 arsons were recorded in Smithfield for the entire year.

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#24 Middletown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.873

2013 Violent Crimes: 14

2013 Population: 16,037

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: In Middletwon, 11 motor vehicle thefts were recorded.

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#23 Coventry

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.886

2013 Violent Crimes: 31

2013 Population: 34,971

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 21

Interesting fact from the data: 99 burglaries were recorded in Coventry.

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#22 Johnston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.894

2013 Violent Crimes: 26

2013 Population: 29,068

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Interesting fact from the data: 564 property crimes were recorded in Johnston in 2013.

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#21 North Kingstown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.956

2013 Violent Crimes: 25

2013 Population: 26,156

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 18

Interesting fact from the data: In North Kingstown, only 5 arsons were recorded.

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#20 Charlestown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.03

2013 Violent Crimes: 8

2013 Population: 7,770

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 4

Interesting fact from the data: 1 motor vehicle theft was recorded in Charlestown .

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#19 Lincoln

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.031

2013 Violent Crimes: 22

2013 Population: 21,334

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: 461 property crimes were recorded in Lincoln.

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#18 Cumberland

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.058

2013 Violent Crimes: 36

2013 Population: 34,028

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 22

Interesting fact from the data: In Cumberland, 322 larceny-thefts were recorded for 2013.

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#17 Westerly

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.061

2013 Violent Crimes: 24

2013 Population: 22,629

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: A total of 74 recorded burglaries were recorded in Westerly .

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#16 Warren

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.137

2013 Violent Crimes: 12

2013 Population: 10,557

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 5

Interesting fact from the data: 14 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Warren.

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#15 Warwick

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.137

2013 Violent Crimes: 93

2013 Population: 81,789 

Murder: 4

Forcible Rape: 35

Robbery: 15

Aggravated Assaults: 39

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, 2,015 property crimes were recorded in Warwick.

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#14 West Greenwich

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.150

2013 Violent Crimes: 7

2013 Population: 6,085 

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In West Greenwich, recorded motor vehicle thefts were double the number of arsons recorded in 2013.

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#13 North Smithfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.153

2013 Violent Crimes: 14

2013 Population: 12,138

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 8

Interesting fact from the data: There were 0 recorded arsons in North Smithfield  in 2013.

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#12 Burrillville

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.239

2013 Violent Crimes: 20

2013 Population: 16,141

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: Only 7 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Burriville in 2013.

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#11 East Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.271

2013 Violent Crimes: 60

2013 Population: 47,200

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 12

Robbery: 16

Aggravated Assaults: 32

Interesting fact from the data: 531 larceny-thefts were recorded in East Providence.

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#10 Tiverton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.330

2013 Violent Crimes: 21

2013 Population: 15,792

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 5

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 11

Interesting fact from the data: Tiverton had 0 arsons recorded.

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#9 North Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.458

2013 Violent Crimes: 47

2013 Population: 32,234

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 28

Interesting fact from the data: 338 larceny-thefts were recorded in North Providence in 2013.

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#8 Cranston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.871

2013 Violent Crimes: 151

2013 Population: 80,718

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 29

Robbery: 42

Aggravated Assaultss: 80

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, 1,755 property crimes were recorded in Cranston.

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#7 West Warwick

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.874

2013 Violent Crimes: 54

2013 Population: 28,817

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 23

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 19

Interesting fact from the data: In West Warwick, 24 motor vehicle thefts were recorded.

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#6 New Shoreham

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 2.885

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 1,040

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: Only 14 larceny-thefts were recorded in New Shoreham in 2013.

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#5 Pawtucket

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.913

2013 Violent Crimes: 279

2013 Population: 71,305

Murder: 5

Forcible Rape: 44

Robbery: 71

Aggravated Assaults: 159

Interesting fact from the data: 2,322 property crimes were recorded in Pawtucket.

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#4 Newport

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.649

2013 Violent Crimes: 111

2013 Population: 23,874

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 80

Interesting fact from the data: Newport had 17 arsons in 2013 recorded.

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#3 Woonsocket

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.870

2013 Violent Crimes: 241

2013 Population: 41,057

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 41

Robbery: 48

Aggravated Assaults: 151

Interesting fact from the data: 87 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Woonsocket  in 2013.

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#2 Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.233

2013 Violent Crimes: 1,115

2013 Population: 178,887

Murder: 12

Forcible Rape: 97

Robbery: 365

Aggravated Assaults: 641

Interesting fact from the data: Providence had more property crimes than any other city and town in RI in 2013.

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#1 Central Falls

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.751

2013 Violent Crimes: 131

2013 Population: 19,404

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 34

Aggravated Assaults: 86

Interesting fact from the data: 12 arsons were recorded in Central Falls in 2013.

 
 

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