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Rate of sexual assault committed against residents per 1,000 residents

0.452018

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The indicator showed an increase in 2018. However, DPS is aware this may be due to improved reporting systems rather than direct changes in crime rate.  Since many local police departments transitioned away from the Spillman Records Management System (RMS) to the Valcour RMS reporting of crime statistics fluctuated for some entities. The DPS began an initiative during late 2015 to work with law enforcement agencies to improve the quality of data being collected. We expect that there may be a rise in the violent crime data submitted to the state over time which may be indicative of better reporting (as opposed to increases in criminal activity).  Prior data updated to reflect information provided through the FBI Crime in the United States Report.  The US national average for the period in question was .43.

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