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Violent crime reported to police in Nebraska increased in 2014, while the overall crime rate dipped slightly, according to the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

An uptick in aggravated assaults, as well as minor increases in forcible rape and robbery, contributed to a 5.4 percent increase in violent crime statewide last year, according to a commission news release.

Statewide, murder and manslaughter fell by about 5 percent and burglary dropped almost 11 percent, according to the commission. 

"These numbers are parallel to FBI reports that show crimes are also decreasing nationwide," Crime Commission Executive Director Darrell Fisher said in the release.

Property crime also dropped by 2.5 percent from 2013 to 2014 across Nebraska.

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In Lincoln, overall crime reported to police dropped 3 percent, and the violent crime rate fell by 7 percent, according to the Crime Commission.

Still, the city had more homicides, forcible rapes and arsons in 2014 than the year before, the commission reported. 

Aggravated assaults dropped by 12 percent in the city, and the number of robberies fell by 3 percent. Burglaries declined by about 8 percent.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office saw a 25 percent decrease in overall crime from 2013 to 2014, and the number of violent crimes reported dipped slightly.

Across Nebraska, law enforcement investigated 46 hate crimes in 2014, compared with 30 in 2013, the Crime Commission said. Racial bias accounted for 65 percent of all the reported hate crimes.

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