The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Nebraska Crime Commission) released its report on criminal stats for 2012. Executive Director Mike Behm says there was a 1% increase in the number of crimes reported to law enforcement agencies in 2012 compared to 2011.
In the violent crime category, Nebraska saw a 4% increase with 4,587 cases reported. Murder-manslaughter decreased 22%, forcible rape decreased 1%, robbery increased 14% and aggravated assault increased 2%. The number of robberies was the highest since 2009.
In the property crime category burglary increased 2%, larceny-theft increased 1%, and motor vehicle theft increased 2% and arson up 7%.
The number of persons arrested in 2012 decreased 4% with 78,637 persons taken into custody. The top five categories in terms of number of arrests include DUI (10,718 arrests), drug abuse violations (10,518), liquor law violations (8,925) larceny-theft (9,642) and simple assault (7,903).
The number of adults arrested dropped 3% (66,438) and the number of juvenile arrests decreased 6% (12,199).
Nebraska also keeps track of hate crimes and in 2012 there were 30 incidents reported to law enforcement. That is a 23% decrease from the 39 reported in 2011. Racial bias accounted for more than 56% of the total hate crimes reported followed by ethnic bias at 16.7%, religious bias 20% and sexual bias at 6.7%. Of the hate crimes reported, 26.7% involved intimidation and 40% involved destruction of property.
To see the complete report that includes a county and city breakdown of crime statistics log on to www.ncc.state.ne.us.