The FBI announced on Wednesday that the number of homicides reported in the United States increased last year, but it issued a warning.

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However, it issued a warning that its tally now excluded the two largest cities in the US, New York and Los Angeles, due to a change in its data collection procedures.

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The bureau claimed that according to their data, the number of reported homicides in the US has increased by 4.3% since 2020.

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Full reports from agencies including the New York City Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, San Francisco Police Department, etc are not included in the data.

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Republicans are increasingly focusing their electoral messaging on concerns about crime ahead of the November midterm elections, so the spike and the inadequate data risk drawing criticism.

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when the Republicans are expected to defeat President Joe Biden's Democrats and regain control of at least one chamber of Congress.

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According to a Reuters poll released registered voters—including suburban women, a crucial demographic—believe that Republicans are better qualified to combating crime than Democrats.

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By the deadline of March 2022, about 9,700 law enforcement organisations were unable to submit complete data sets for Wednesday's report.

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The new system for collecting crime data will include numerous new details on offences that were previously unreported, Justice Department and FBI officials told reporters on Tuesday.

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These contain statistics on drug offences, human trafficking, bribery, counterfeiting, and more information on offences like simple assault and intimidation.

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