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KBI report: Violent crime, including murder, increased in Kansas in 2016

August 10, 2017


Violent crime and murder are on the rise in Kansas, according to the annual crime report released Thursday by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The KBI's 2016 Kansas Crime Index Report found an overall increase of 4.2 percent in violent crimes such as murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults and batteries. This increase occurred even after a sharp 11.2 percent increase for these violent crimes in 2015.

The murder rate continued to rise in 2016. According to the report, Kansas had 148 reported murders, an increase of 12 percent over the number reported in 2015. Of these, 14.3 percent involved multiple murders in a single incident. The murder rate in 2016 is as high as Kansas has seen since 2000, when 156 murders were reported. The highest murder rate recorded in the state was in 1993, with 188 murders reported.

The KBI report compiles crime statistics reported to the KBI by law enforcement agencies across Kansas.

While violent crime had increased, the report found that property crimes have tended to decline in the past several years. 2016, however, saw a 2 percent increase in the overall property crime rate, which the report concluded was driven by a significant increase in motor vehicle thefts.

The full 2016 Kansas Crime Index report can be found here.


Greg Cooper 10 months, 2 weeks ago

How can this be? I mean, free access to guns for anyone who can walk and all, should be the safest place in the universe, wouldn't you think?

Andrew Applegarth 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Wichita has over 1/3 of the violent crime but less than 1/5 of the concealed carry permits in the state? Perhaps it has something to do with the bastions against liberty (like Lawrence) that ostracize those who carry legally? Maybe it's because they see the government giving them less of other people's money and more of them are deciding to cut out the middle man? Could it be that, despite your massive stupidity, there is no free access to guns (unless you're a criminal) even without the training class and permit fees? Heck, maybe it's just that the anti-American rhetoric of filtered word like you is emboldening the criminals who agree with you that their victims shouldn't be armed.

Greg Cooper 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Irony meter a little off today, Andrew? Perhaps, maybe, you might read my previous posts on the gun issue, then tell me who's massively stupid, big guy. Maybe, perhaps, you need to get a clue as to who you're denigrrating before you go off on me, mister.

Maybe, perhaps my ass.

Andrew Applegarth 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't care if you made a more rational post at some other point in time. If you are stupid enough to post "free access to guns for anyone who can walk" than you are stupid enough to complain when you get called out for it. (Gee, and that's exactly what you did too...)

So, in summary, I'm saying that you are the one who's massively stupid.

Bob Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Ellie Pickering is another lousy, rotten spammer. More of them are popping up here every day.

Bob Summers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Kansas should ban guns like Chicago has.

Bob Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The mentally disturbed and obsessed are feeling freer to act out their delusions. As evidenced on this very site every day...

Jeremy Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It is all those people like Dorothy who went and protested for no reason.

P Allen Macfarlane 10 months, 1 week ago

So, Bob when are you going to stop posting an get help?

Brian Seveland 10 months, 1 week ago

We know, Bob, but they continue to let you post on this very site. Ah, freedom.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months, 2 weeks ago

This year will be a true measurement. Concealed carry without a license? Shouldn't the murder rate go down? But in Topeka it's been going up. Hmm. But I'm sure our conservatives will have some excuse. Maybe it's Trump's fault I mean he is president now. Wasn't he suppose to solve that by now?

Steve Hicks 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Dorothy, Dorothy, you know better: NOTHING that can be faulted is Trump's fault. Or have you forgotten all those tweets from on high that it's Hilary's fault, or Obama's, or the "Fake Media," or Mitch McConnell, or Chinese trade-policies, or Rosie O'Donnell, or illegal voters, or General McMaster, or, or, or, etc.

But never...NEVER...suggest the Russians might be at fault.

Jeremy Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You should not mention the Russians at all because I have yet to see one ounce of proof that they meddled in our election. What is Mueller even working on all day? You liberals made it sound so certain that Trump colluded with Putin and yet an intelligent guy has yet to cross anything substantial. Stop chasing geese

Steve Jacob 10 months, 1 week ago

The House and Senate for sure agree Russia meddled with the election, even if Trump had nothing to do with.

Steve Hicks 10 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Jeremy. Those of your persuasion have shown continually (including yesterday, on another thread) that by "liberal" they mean "an honest person with a brain." I don't believe that wack-job definition myself; but knowing you do, I appreciate the compliment.

How you think you know I'm a "liberal," in the real-world sense, I'm not so clear on. I'm always kinda skeptical of pronouncements about reality made by people who don't live there.

But it's good that you're fully satisfied with your own infallible ability to assign everyone and everything to the self-created categories in which you choose to see things.

And on the seventh day, you can rest.

Jeremy Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Really Dorothy? Nothing was said about these violent crimes being with any specific weapon. Conservatives do not argue for Constitutional Carry to try and stop the violent crimes. They do it so they can exercise their right to protect themselves. Only in your Star Trek world is any of the crime in Topeka blamed on conservatives.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

I guess we could say Brownback Supply Side Economics has been a complete failure just like when Supply Side Economics was applied anywhere.

Pulling zillions of tax dollars out of the Kansas economy is simply stupid. Kansas needs zillions of tax dollars funneled out into the economy to support jobs and job growth.

UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE become angry and some commit violent crimes.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

We want more tax dollars spent on public education… absolutely!

More public school tax dollars coming back into our existing economies supports retailers and their employees instead of cutting into their economic growth.

Taxpayer should want more tax dollars spent on public education because it brings our tax dollars home….. which are spent in many many many local economies.

Our public school teachers deserve much better pay. Teachers are a worthy investment for the many many hours they spend with our children.

Why do GOP elected officials want to destroy public education… intentionally? The privatize public school vultures aka big time profiteers are on the loose. We taxpayers do not want these vultures in our neighborhoods.

Public education has for decades and decades been one of the government success stories which in reality =a best bang for the tax buck.

Thousands upon thousands of public school teachers throughout through the USA could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on local economies.

Beware :

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months, 1 week ago

So according to the people, who believe that concealed carry w/o training or license is a good thing, our state's violent crime stats should drop. Is this correct?

Bob Summers 10 months, 1 week ago

Is this correct?

Take note of the Liberal cause and effect gun logic.

Using profound complex Liberal gun logic, the Liberal reasoning has it, if I get rid of spoons I'll loose weight.

But wait, without a spoon I can still eat food. So, without a CC I can still commit a crime.. if I were a Liberal.

Except, CC has nothing to do with crimes? Are these criminals CC people? Or are they people with the Liberal condition, with guns committing the crimes?

So if CC are not committing crimes, Kansas state crimes should reflect the Liberals, who are dead set against CC, committing the crimes? Is this correct?

Steve Jacob 10 months, 1 week ago

Can't blame Brownback for a nationwide problem, and guns have been around forever, It's mostly drugs. Some from metal illness, but mostly drugs. Why do you feel the need to rob a Kwik Shop and shoot someone, drugs. Why do you need to rob three different people and shot a dog on your way back to KC, drugs.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

Conservative policies are available nationwide as is UNEMPLOYMENT created by outsourcing millions upon millions of USA jobs to other nations complete with protective tax codes on profits generated by former USA companies that have moved their employment base abroad.

Gov Brownback was a conservative Washington DC senator who supported all the reckless economic chaos generated by nationwide unemployment as a result of outsourcing millions of USA jobs.

Families affected by the above need money to feed and clothe their children in addition to paying rent and buying groceries. Crummy paying jobs don't meet the demand.

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