A new state report says the number of crimes reported in Nebraska grew by 2 percent in 2011. The Nebraska Crime Commission said Thursday that more than 53,000 crimes were reported statewide last year, up from about 52,000 in 2010.
Commission executive director Michael Behm says the number of violent crimes decreased by 8 percent, despite a 20 percent jump in murder and manslaughter cases. Authorities reported 65 murder and manslaughter cases in 2011, up from 54 the previous year.
The report says the number of forcible rapes reported grew from 627 to 663. Robberies and aggravated assaults both decreased.
Crime in Omaha increased 7 percent, to more than 21,000 offenses last year. Lincoln experienced a 3 percent decrease, to about 11,200 reported cases.