The FBI Preliminary Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for January-June 2020 shows violent crime and property crime were both down, as compared to the same time frame in 2019, but arson was up 19.2 percent.
The FBI overview of the UCR addresses violent crime offenses, showing “the number of rape offenses decreased 17.8 percent, and robbery offenses were down 7.1 percent.”
As for property crimes, “offenses declined 7.8 percent.” They noted that “larceny thefts were down 9.9 percent, and burglaries decreased 7.8 percent.”
However, arson, which the FBI counts separately from other property crimes, was up 19.2 percent.
Ironically, the greatest increase in arson was in the West, where there was a 24 percent increase in that region alone. This news comes after fire upon fire has been set by rioters in Portland, Seattle, and other western cities.
Whereas arson climbed, while many other property crimes declined, it should be noted that