Murders in Kansas Hit Record Level

More people were murdered in Kansas last year than any year since the inception of national crime statistics, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation says.

The number of murders committed in Kansas in 2020 hit a record at 193, surpassing any year since 1959, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation first began publishing national crime statistics.

KBI has released its annual Kansas Crime Index Report, which compiles crime statistics reported to the bureau by state and local law enforcement agencies across the state.

The report shows that violent crime in Kansas increased last year 9.5% from 2019.

A total of 13,896 violent crimes is 24.4% above the 10-year average for the state.

Aggravated assaults and batteries rose by 13.8%, while reported rapes and robberies both declined.

Property crimes overall went down by 1.2%.