KBI: 2020 sees most killings in Kansas history

Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 11:40 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The KBI report shows 20 reported murders in 2020 in Shawnee County, up from 14 in 2019.

Reported rapes and robberies decreased from 2019 to 2020. There were 20 more reported aggravated assaults and batteries.

The property crime index decreased from 46.7% in 2019 to 40.7% in 2020.

The report shows about the same number of motor vehicle thefts occurred from 2019 to 2020, there were around 1,120.

We reached out to Topeka Police and looking from June 1 through July 27, TPD said violent crime is down during that period compared to last year in the city. There were 177 reported in 2021, down from 2010.

In 2020, Kansas saw the highest number of murders in the state since the inception of national crime statistics.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it has released its 2020 Kansas Crime Index Report. It said the report has compiled crime statistics reported to the bureau by state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the Sunflower State.

According to the KBI, the 2020 report shows that violent crimes in Kansas increased by 9.5% from 2019. It said a total of 13,896 violent crimes were reported including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault and battery. The state’s violent crime rate is currently 24.4.% above the 10-year national average.

Notably, in 2020, the KBI said the number of murders committed in the State hit a record of 193. It said this surpassed any year since 1959 when the Federal Bureau of Investigation first started to publish national crime statistics.

According to the Bureau, aggravated assaults and batteries increased by 13.8% in 2020, while reported rapes and robberies both declined from 2019.

Overall, the KBI said property crimes declined in 2020 by 1.2%. It said the Sunflower State saw a 9.4% increase in motor vehicles, which is the only property crime offense to increase.

2020 Kansas Crime Index Report
2020 Kansas Crime Index Report(KBI)

To see the full 2020 Kansas Crime Index Report, click HERE.

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