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Monday, September 18, 2006

FBI Report: Violent Crime Was on the Rise in 2005

From According to the FBI's annual report, violent crime was on the rise throughout 2005.

  • Although violent crime totals grew over 2004, they have dropped 3.4 percent since 2001 and 17.6 percent since 1996;
  • Burglaries—up 0.5 percent—were the only property crimes to rise in 2005;
  • Murders were up 3.4 percent and arrests of juveniles for murder were up nearly 20 percent over 2004;
  • Forcible rape decreased 1.2 percent, the only violent crime category to fall;
  • Property crime victims lost an estimated $16.5 billion last year;
  • Of the 14.1 million arrests made by law enforcement in 2005, drug violations accounted for more than any other offense.
  • According to the Crime Clock 2005, a violent crime took place every 22.7 seconds and a property crime every 3.1 seconds in this country.

Rest of Report. . . [Mark Godsey]

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