Key Point

Aggravated assaults in our community are above the national average.

Let's Break It Down

Aggravated assault is down in Douglas, up in Pottawattamie, and remains the same in Sarpy County.

The FBI defines aggravated assault as an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. Different areas of our community have trended different ways, depending on where you live. Aggravated assaults have been decreasing in Douglas County for the last 14 years. They have been trending upwards in Pottawattamie County--although there has been a sharp decrease in the actual crime rate since 2012. And they have remained about the same in Sarpy County since 2000.


Why Does It Matter?

Aggravated assault is traumatic to victims, and also affects the perception of safety throughout the community.

Aggravated assault rates provide deeper insight into the most violent crimes. Aggravated assault and murder charges are often difficult to distinguish between depending on the circumstances of the particular crime. Mere inches can sometimes separate a person from being a victim of murder or aggravated assault. For example, a stab or gunshot wound may graze a critical organ or directly impair the organ, potentially causing a person to die from their wounds, and therefore classifying the act as a murder; if the individual were to survive the same violent act, it would be classified as an aggravated assault. Similar to violent crime, aggravated assault rates affect our community as a whole, and can influence the perception of safety throughout different neighborhoods.

Shootings in particular can be one of the best indicators of gang violence in our community. Combating gang violence is important to our community and its sense of safety. It also requires the involvement of the community, local nonprofits working to prevent gang violence and businesses, in addition to law enforcement. Since 2011, gun assaults have generally declined in the City of Omaha with 2015 being one of the lowest years for gun assaults.   

  

How Do We Compare?

Our aggravated assault rates are higher than the national average.

Nationally, there were 242 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people in 2012. However, in the three-county area there were 386 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Data Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, 2000-2014

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