The overall increase in violent crime should not be surprising or cause for alarm, said Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox. With a steady decline in violent crime over the past two decades, “it is almost inevitable that some bounce back would occur,” he said.

The number of murders was down 1.7 percent and the number of rapes decreased 1.4 percent. Robberies increased 2 percent and aggravated assault was up by 2.3 percent.