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Crime reported to law enforcement rises

New Orleans, La. - New Orleans falls in line with a nationwide trend, showing an uptick in violent crime.

According to the FBI, there were 1,466 violent crimes in the city in first six months of 2012. That's up from 1,229 violent crimes in the first six months of 2011.

When you focus on murder cases, New Orleans bucks the trend. There were 97 murders in the city in the first six months of 2012. That's down from 105 murders in the first six months of 2011.

The preliminary data compiled by the FBI shows that violent crime increased 0.7 percent in metropolitan counties and 0.6 percent in non-metropolitan counties. Violent crime increased in each of the nation's four regions - 3.1 percent in the West, 2.5 percent in the Midwest, 1.1 percent in the South and 1.1 percent in the Northeast.

The overall increase in violent crime should not be surprising or cause for alarm, said Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox. With a steady decline in violent crime over the past two decades, "it is almost inevitable that some bounce back would occur," he said.

There were increases in all three categories of property crime - burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

(Information in this report compiled by FOX 8 and the Associate Press)

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