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FBI: Crime down in Charleston, up in North Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Crime – particularly violent crime – dropped last year in Charleston, but North Charleston saw an uptick from 2011, according to new data released Monday by the FBI.

According to the report, Charleston saw notable drops in violent crimes, down 25 percent from 2011, even though the number of murders stayed the same. The city also saw a drop in forcible rapes, robbery and aggravated assault.

North Charleston, however, did not fare as well in the FBI's report.

The city saw increases in violent crime: there were double the number of murders, and notable increases in rape and robbery. Aggravated assaults only rose by 2 in North Charleston, from 439 to 441, the report shows.

Nationally, the FBI reports that law enforcement agencies across the country saw a 1.2 percent increase in the number of violent crimes in 2012 compared to 2011. Property crimes dropped by almost a percent.

Data shows that the West saw the greatest increase in property and violent crimes, while the Northeast showed consistent drops in 2012 compared to 2011 data.

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