- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

Violent crime nationwide rose last year by 2.3 percent, while property crime fell 1.5 percent during the same period, according to a report released yesterday by the FBI.

FBI spokesman Bill Carter said the bureau’s 2005 annual report on crime said 1.39 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2005, including incidents of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Although violent crime totals grew over 2004, Mr. Carter said, they have dropped 3.4 percent since 2001 and 17.6 percent since 1996. He said murders were up 3.4 percent and arrests of juveniles for murder were up nearly 20 percent over 2004, while forcible rapes decreased 1.2 percent, the only violent crime category to fall.

According to the FBI report, there were 469.2 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. The report said aggravated assault accounted for 62.1 percent, robbery accounted for 30 percent, forcible rape accounted for 6.8 percent, and murder accounted for 1.2 percent of the violent crimes reported in 2005.

Mr. Carter said that of the 14.1 million arrests made by law enforcement in 2005, drug violations accounted for more than any other offense. He said that 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.

The report said 10.2 million property crimes were reported nationwide during 2005 and that an examination of two- and 10-year trends shows the number of property crimes last year decreased by 1.5 percent from 2004 and declined 13.9 percent when compared with 1996.

Mr. Carter said there were 3,429.8 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, two-thirds of which were larceny-theft. He said reported incidents of burglaries were up 0.5 percent, the only property crime to rise in 2005, and property crimes accounted for an estimated $16.5 billion dollars in losses in 2005.

In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

According to the report, 45.5 percent of the violent crimes and 16.3 percent of the property crimes reported nationwide were cleared by arrest or other means.



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