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      FBI: Crime down in Charleston, up in North Charleston

      CHARLESTON,S.C. (WCIV) - Crime - particularly violentcrime - dropped last year in Charleston, but North Charleston saw anuptick from 2011, according to new data released Monday by the FBI.

      According to the report, Charleston saw notabledrops in violent crimes, down 25 percent from 2011, even though the number ofmurders stayed the same. The city also saw a drop in forcible rapes, robberyand aggravated assault.

      North Charleston, however, did not fare aswell in the FBI's report.

      The city saw increases inviolent crime: there were double the number of murders, and notable increasesin rape and robbery. Aggravated assaults only rose by 2 in North Charleston, from 439 to 441, the reportshows.

      Nationally, the FBI reportsthat law enforcement agencies across the country saw a 1.2 percent increase inthe number of violent crimes in 2012 compared to 2011. Property crimes droppedby almost a percent.

      Data shows that the West sawthe greatest increase in property and violent crimes, while the Northeastshowed consistent drops in 2012 compared to 2011 data.

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