Investigators: Violent crime rate going up in Kansas

August 20, 2018 - 9:28 pm

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says statewide violent crime continues to trend upward as last year's murder rate was more than 40% higher than the ten year average.

The bureau released its annual report Friday.

The report says local and state agencies reported 176 murders to the bureau in 2017, a nearly 19% increase from 2016. Topeka recorded 30 homicides last year, its highest number of homicides on record.

The number of cases involving multiple victims also increased last year.

KBI Director Kirk Thompson says identifying commonalities can be difficult because circumstances surrounding the death are unknown in about 1 in 5 cases. Thompson says the rise in crime is likely related to drug activity, gang violence and social issues such as poverty.

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