2016 Alaska murder and arson rates down, rape and burglary rates increase

According to statistics contained in last year's Uniform Crime Report, murder and arson were the only major crimes to decrease statewide compared to numbers from 2015.

Murders were down by around 12 percent, and arson went down by more than 20 percent.

The crime of rape, however, saw increases.
In 2015 there were 895 reports of rape; in 2016, more than 1,000 reports came in.
The overall rate increase was almost 17 percent.

Aggravated Assault increased by 8.7 percent, and robbery increased by about 11 percent.

Burglary rates went up by almost 15 percent, and Larceny increased by 16 percent.

One of the most shocking increases was the number of reported vehicle thefts in the state.
In 2015, 2,040 vehicles were reported stolen.
In 2016 3,049 vehicle thefts were reported, which is an increase of almost 50 percent.