►The number of violent crimes in the United States rose 18 percent last year, the first rise in 20 years. Rates of rape, sexual assault and robbery remained relatively unchanged. The increase “in the number of violent crimes was the result of an upward swing in simple assaults, which rose 22 percent, from 4 million in 2010 to 5 million last year,’ the Associated Press reports. U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics also show that that number of property crimes rose for the first time in a decade.
►The LAPD says it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed after a "swatting" incident. Swatting is a prank call made to police that warrants mobilizing SWAT teams to respond. On average, each call costs $10,000 in resources. Officials say cybercriminals often use technology to mask their caller ID or make it appear that they are calling from a residence with the purpose of having SWAT teams deployed on innocent victims. Police worry that either officers will respond and shoot someone who they mistakenly think has a weapon or that someone who actually needs assistance will die because resources will be tied up on a fake call. The FBI has said the incidents have been occurring at an alarming rate across the country.
►The FBI says it has foiled a plot to bomb the Federal Reserve by a man who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh with intentions of plotting a terror attack. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested after he attempted to detonate a fake bomb provided to him by an FBI source. “Mr. Nafis is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda,” the BBC reports. Authorities say there was never any actual threat as Nafis was under surveillance by the FBI the whole time.
►In other news, India’s parliament security is undergoing training to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. ♦ Lot of questions and few answers after a workplace accident that left a man dead in a pressure cooker.♦ And Foreign Policy outlines five threats to U.S. security it says are more imminent than Iran.