Violent Crime Rises in U.S.
Posted on Jun 12, 2006
The spike, driven by killings and other attacks in the Midwest, is the largest in 15 years.
Violent crime in 2005 increased at the highest rate in 15 years, driven in large part by a surge of killings and other attacks in many Midwestern cities, the FBI reported yesterday.
The FBI’s preliminary annual crime report showed an overall jump of 2.5 percent for violent offenses, including increases in homicide, robbery and assault. It was the first rise of any note since 2001, and rape was the only category in which the number of crimes declined.
In the District, a 14.6 percent jump in the number of robberies caused a 5 percent rise in overall violent crime, more than offsetting a drop in the number of homicides, rapes and assaults. The decrease was particularly dramatic for rapes, which were down 24 percent.