Wednesday, September 20, 2006

2005 FBI Crime Rate Report

The FBI’s 2005 Crime in the United States report, released Monday, showed that the nation’s violent crime rate increased 2.3 % from 2004 to 2005, but that property crime rate had decreased 1.5 percent in the same period.

Robbery increased 3.9 %, murder and non-negligent manslaughter 3.4 percent, and aggravated assault 1.8 percent, but forcible rape – the only violent crime to do so – showed a decrease of 1.2 %. Burglary was the only property crime to show an increase this past year.

The Enquirer yesterday reported that while Cincinnati is the 56th. largest city in the United States, its homicide rate is the 15th. highest, while its overall crime rate is 34th. out of 254 cities with populations of 100,000 or more. While the nation’s violent crime rate rose 2.3 %, Cincinnati’s increased 3.2 percent; with the biggest factor being reported a 15% increase in aggravated assault.

The large city with the highest crime rate in the country was Dallas.

New York City remained the safest of the nation’s ten largest cities last year, where the number or reported crimes dropped 4.3 %. With the national rate of violent crime up 2.3 percent, New York’s dropped 1.9 %

San Jose was the second safest city according to the FBI report, followed by Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

(Also see Findlaw article)

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