FBI: Violent Crime Up for 2006

By Abc_nancy

Dec 18, 2006 2:26pm

Justice Department correspondent Pierre Thomas blogs about the rising crime rates nationwide. There is now growing indication that something disturbing is happening in many of our cities. According to newly released statistics from the FBI, violent crime is on the rise. People are being robbed, murdered and assaulted in growing numbers. The FBI reports, which chronicle crime for periods of six months and full calendar years, are widely believed to provide an accurate snapshot of crime trends. These trends don’t look good. (As reported on ‘World News’ in October.) In the first six months of this year, robbery surged roughly 10 percent — an extraordinary — number. And police chiefs warn that number is indeed troubling — noting that a robbery is a heartbeat or trigger pull away from being a homicide. The murder increase of 1.4 percent on its face seems modest. But keep in mind these facts: The murder rise for the first six months of this year follows several years of steady increase. Also, while some super-sized cities like New York did not see increases in murder — for some reason mid-sized cities seem to bearing the brunt of significant rises in homicide. Cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,999 had a whopping 8.4 percent jump in homicide.
What’s at play here? A resurgence of gangs — career criminals returning home after years in prison — and gun toting juveniles. Police chiefs around the country are worried. Among many chiefs, the surge in crime is topic number one when you first start talking with them. Some say the federal government is becoming so preoccuppied with "homeland security" it is forgetting about "neighborhood security". A couple of years ago, I did an interview with the Baltimore police commissioner. I will never forget him talking about how he considered the criminals who were committing multiple murders in his city urban "terrorists." Over the summer, some chiefs were so frustrated they commissioned their own study of roughly 50 communities to see if a trend was developing. What they found in many ways mirrors the numbers that were released today.

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