FBI re­ports rise in vi­o­lent crime in first half of 2006

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Jerry Seper

Vi­o­lent crime na­tion­wide in­creasedby3.7per­centinthe­first­six months of this year, but prop­erty crime dropped by 2.6 per­cent, the FBI said on Dec. 18.

The FBI’s Pre­lim­i­nary Semi­an­nual Uni­form Crime Re­port, based on sta­tis­tics sub­mit­ted by 11,535 law-en­force­ment agen­cies, showed in­creases in mur­ders (up 1.4 per­cent), rob­beries (up 9.7 per­cent) and ag­gra­vated as­saults (up 1.2 per­cent) over the same pe­riod in 2005. Forcible rapes dropped 0.1 per­cent.

Last year, the num­ber of vi­o­lent crimes in­creased by 2.5 per­cent, the largest gain in 15 years, and the Jus­tice De­part­ment pledged to de- termine why the crime num­bers were con­tin­u­ing to in­crease. A re­port on the mat­ter has not yet been com­pleted.

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. was not in- cluded in the FBI re­port, but Po­lice Chief Charles H. Ram­sey has de­clared progress in a re­newed fight against vi­o­lent crime in the city, which spiked in July — prompt­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of a city­wide crime emer­gency.

Ac­cord­ing to the FBI re­port, the largest in­creases in the re­ported num­ber of vi­o­lent crimes, 12.8 per­cent, oc­curred in small cities with pop­u­la­tion­sof10,000to24,999,while cities with pop­u­la­tions of 500,000 to 999,999 had the most marked in­crea­sein­re­port­ed­mur­derof­fenses, up 8.4 per­cent.

In the prop­erty-crime cat­e­gory, ac­cord­ing­tothere­port,thenum­ber of lar­ceny-theft of­fenses de­creased 3.8 per­cent na­tion­wide for the six­mon­th­pe­riod,whilere­port­ed­mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts de­clined 2.3 per­cent. Only bur­glary of­fenses showed an in­crease, up 1.2 per­cent from the 2005 level.

Thoughre­port­ed­prop­erty-crime of­fens­esa­saw­holew­ere­down­i­nall of the na­tion’s pop­u­la­tion groups, the re­port said the num­ber of re­ported bur­glary of­fenses was up in all of the pop­u­la­tion groups with the ex­cep­tions of cities with 1 mil­lion or more in­hab­i­tants, where they de­clined by 1.5 per­cent, and the na­tion’s non­metropoli­tan coun­ties, down 3.7 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, re­ported prop­erty crimes were down in three of the four re­gions. The Mid­west was the only re­gion to show a cu­mu­la­tive in­crease in the vol­ume of re­ported prop­erty crimes, up 1.7 per­cent over­all with in­creases of 5.8 per­cent for bur­glary, 0.7 per­cent for lar­ceny-theft and 0.3 per­cent for mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft.

The re­port said that ar­son of­fenses,whichare­tracked­sep­a­rately fro­moth­er­prop­erty-crime­of­fenses, in­creased 6.8 per­cent na­tion­wide.

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