New FBI statistics show that killings in Arizona jumped by about 16 percent last year despite a decrease nationwide.
The FBI’S uniform crime report released Monday shows that there were 409 reported murders and non-negligent manslaughters in the state last year.
That’s compared to 354 such crimes in 2009, a 15.5 percent increase.
Arizona cities that saw significantly more killings include Tucson, which had 35 in 2009, compared to 51 last year. That’s a 46 percent increase.
Nationwide, the FBI reports that murders and non-negligent manslaughters fell by 4.2 percent last year. Violent crime overall dropped by 6 percent, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline.
Property crime nationwide also was down, falling 2.7 percent.
In Arizona, violent crime overall fell by 3.1 percent, and property crime dropped by 3.7 percent.