(WTVM) - A new report shows crime rates are down across the state of Alabama but there are two exceptions.
Overall, crime was down five percent with drops in rape cases, burglaries and car thefts. However, homicides were up by five percent, and aggravated assaults were up six percent statewide.
Alabama State University's police chief James Graboys says there are some factors that may be leading to the increase in those crimes.
"You have economic conditions that are somewhat slower and stagnant," Graboys said. "You have individuals with easier access to weapons. And tempers can get frayed."
The report only tracks the number of crimes, not why they are happening.