Story last updated at 4/9/2014 - 3:51 pm
ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska Anchorage researchers say statistics show crimes committed using firearms are decreasing, while those with sharp objects like knives are rising.
KTUU-TV reports the Alaska trend matches a trend nationwide.
Researchers from the university's Justice Center examined crime data compiled by local law enforcement and the FBI between 1985 and 2012. The data show a decrease in violent crime in Alaska and nationally.
Researcher Khristy Parker says the Justice Center regularly publishes fact sheets showing crime trends. She says it's important for the public to recognize the difference between the perception of crime and the reality.