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US violent crime rose 18 percent in 2011

WASHINGTON — The number of violent crimes unexpectedly rose by 18 percent in the United States last year, the government said Wednesday, the first time that total has risen in nearly 20 years. Property crimes went up by 11 percent, their first increase in a decade.

Academic specialists cautioned that the new figures do not necessarily signal an end to the long era of declining crime.

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