Utah saw uptick of violent crimes in 2016

Utah saw uptick of violent crimes in 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new report shows violent crime in Utah rose by nearly 18 percent in 2016 over the year before.

A Utah Department of Public Safety report issued by the department Thursday said that homicides rose by 43 percent from 54 incidents in 2015 to 77 in 2016, which is the most recent year for which data is available. Firearms were used in more than half of those cases.

The department did not offer explanations for the change in crime levels but Commissioner Keith Squires called it concerning.

The report says rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults were all up by more than 10 percent in 2016.

Property crime such as burglary and vehicle theft rose by nearly 1 percent during the same time period.

Arrests declined by roughly 4 percent.