CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Violent crime in Charleston is decreasing, but it's increasing in North Charleston, according to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
The FBI report shows violent crimes in the Holy City are down from 400 in 2011 to 295 this year, while North Charleston's number of 678 is up to 713 from 2011.
The murder count in Charleston remained the same at 11, but forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults all experienced drops.
In North Charleston, the murder count rose from must six in 2011 to 13 last year. Forcible rapes increased by 12 while robberies increased by 14. Aggravated assaults rose by just two, from 439 to 441, compared to a 198—159 drop in Charleston.
Both cities experienced a substantial drop in burglaries. In Charleston, burglaries were down 527 to 372, and in North Charleston, burglaries were down 1,034 to 838.
Arson was also slightly down. Six arsons were reported in Charleston in 2011, with just five last year. North Charleston's arson rate was down from 20 to 17.
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