Year over year, life changes around us. People come and go from their homes, and entire neighborhoods and towns will experience the highest of highs, followed quickly by the lowest of lows.

It all comes in the blink of an eye, and from what I can tell, that type of change is simply a part of life.

During the course of one calendar year, every Capital Region county experiences a great deal of change, and recently-released statistics from the FBI have further proved that theory.

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FBI Released Statistics Showing Change in Crime Rate for Capital Region Counties

A story from ABC News 10 in Albany shared recently-released statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as published by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, which spell-out the change in crime rates for each of the 11 counties in the Capital Region.

The statistics were gathered from 2019 to 2020, during which time three different crime rates were calculated: violent crime rate, violent crime with a forearm, and property crime.

For now, we're looking into the statistics for the first of those three categories; violent crime.

As stated by Criminal Justice Services, the overall crime rate of a county is calculated by dividing the total number of Index crimes submitted by police agencies in each county by the county’s population and multiplying the result by 100,000.

From year to year, each Capital Region county saw its own unique trend in violent crime rate. Some saw slight increases, or decreases, in violent crime in their communities, while others saw drastic changes in either direction.

The constant fluctuation of these statistics is a completely normal phenomenon. One year, a county will see these numbers increase, and the next, they'll drop back down.

Either way, here are the changes in violent crime rates for each of the Capital Region's 11 counties from 2019 to 2020. Did your county become safer that year?

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