Utah crime on the rise


By Whitney Leland

Utah crime is on the rise.

The Utah Department of Public Safety released the 2020 crime report on Tuesday. The study shows this is a true increase in reported crimes not just due to a growing population. In 2020, more than 79,000 crimes were committed in the state. Homicides saw the biggest increase raising up by over 44%.

This puts the rate at 3% which is still below the national rate of almost 7%. However, property crimes continued to happen at higher rates than the rest of the United States. “Porch pirates” and vehicle thefts are the main crimes causing this number to rise.

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