Violent crime rose slightly, and the city saw a jump in reported rapes in 2009. But property crime in Lawrence declined for the second straight year, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reports, released Monday.
Here’s a summary:
• Violent crime — which includes rape, murder, robbery and assault — increased from 412 reports in 2008 to 424 reports in 2009.
• Reported rapes increased by more than 40 percent, jumping from 40 in 2008 to 57 in 2009. In 2006 and 2007, 48 rapes were reported in Lawrence.
• Property crime dropped from 4,656 offenses in 2008 to 4,390 in 2009.
• Violent crime and property crime in 2009 dropped nationally, by 5.3 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively.
The Uniform Crime Reports are compiled from information submitted by local law enforcement agencies, and only reflect crime reported to police.