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Study finds violent crime on the rise

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 9, 2007 at 4:58 pm with No Comments »
March 9, 2007 4:58 pm

The New York Times has a story in today’s paper about a recent study that found violent crime is on the rise again across the country.

The story begins:

Violent crime rose by double-digit percentages in cities across the country over the last two years, reversing the declines of the mid-to-late 1990s, according to a new report by a prominent national law enforcement association.

While overall crime has been declining nationwide, police officials have been warning of a rise in murder, robbery and gun assaults since late 2005, particularly in midsize cities and the Midwest. Now, they say, two years of data indicates that the spike is more than an aberration.

To read the full report, go to the Police Executive Research Forum’s web site.

The City of Tacoma was not included in the study. However, we can tell you that there’s been a 2.72 percent increase in violent crimes over the past two years.

According to the Tacoma Police Department, there were 2,021 violent crimes reported in 2004 and 2,076 in 2006. The violent crimes are homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Over the past 10 years, violent crime has dropped 30 percent in the city, dropping from 2,982 crimes in 1997 to 2,076 last year.

More Tacoma crime stats are online.

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