SALT LAKE CITY — There were 49 homicides in Utah in 2012 — securing the state’s position of having one of the lowest murder rates in the country.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the 2012 statewide total is down slightly from the previous year, when 52 homicides were recorded. There were 45 murders in 2010, and 43 in 2009.
The Tribune’s tallies exclude people killed by police in justified use of force.
FBI crime reports show that Utah’s murder rate has been among the lowest in the country for years.
The 2011 rate of 1.9 murders per 100,000 people was the seventh-lowest in the country. It was also much lower than rates in neighboring states of Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.