- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
The number of murders in the United States rose by 3.1 percent last year as police departments nationwide reported an overall increase in major crimes for the first time in a decade, a law enforcement official said.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity about contents of an annual report being released today by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, said the document notes an increase in robberies, burglaries and car thefts.
Overall, major crimes were up in 2001 by 2 percent from 2000, the official said Saturday.
The murder statistics do not include the more than 3,000 deaths from the September 11 terror attacks.
Statistics from the report were cited yesterday by The Washington Post, which said it had obtained a copy.
The reversal of nine years of declining crime numbers is certain to generate considerable interest in Congress, as well as among the law enforcement community.
Moreover, it comes at a time when the FBI is shifting from a focus on traditional crimes to a focus on efforts to track down terrorists.
Criminologists have been warning for some time that surges in the numbers of teen-agers and released prisoners, along with recent economic declines, threatened a return to rising crime.


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