TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) on Wednesday released its statewide crime statistics for 2023, showing that violent crime remains high in the Sunflower State.

The KBI issued a press release on July 10 with some highlights from its most recent annual crime statistics report, which includes information collected from both state and local law enforcement agencies.

Violent crime in Kansas has declined 3.7% since 2022, with numbers declining in every category. In total, nearly 13,300 violent crimes were reported across Kansas for murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. However, violent crime remains 8.6% above the 10-year average.

According to the KBI, overall property crimes increased 2.6% after a steady decline. 2023 will be the first year since 2017 that the state has seen an increase in property crime reports.

The KBI report cites information from the Topeka Police Department (TPD) for 2023, including the historically high murder rate that occurred during the year. Statistics on violent crime and property crime in the Kansas capital city can be found below:

  • Violent crime
    • 10.1 per 1,000 inhabitants
    • Murder – 34
    • Rape – 69
    • Robbery – 128
    • Serious bodily harm – 1,025
    • Total: 1,256
  • Property crimes
    • 42.1 per 1,000 inhabitants
    • Burglary – 661
    • Theft – 3,793
    • Motor vehicle theft – 809
    • Total: 5,263

To read the KBI's full 2023 Crime Statistics report, click here. You can also read a copy of the report below:

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