Magazine article Security Management

The Ups and Downs of Crime Statistics

Magazine article Security Management

The Ups and Downs of Crime Statistics

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In every average there lurk more telling numbers. So even though the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for January through June 1991 reports a mild 2 percent increase in crime known to law enforcement during the first half of 1991, it contains surprises in both the drops and the climbs.

The report looks at the trends in violent crime and property crimes such as murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. It groups statistics by both population and geographic region. Here are some highlights:

* The total number of crimes reported to law enforcement in cities with a population of more than 1 million dropped 2 percent. The largest decreases--all 5 percent--were seen in forcible rape, burglary, larceny/theft, and arson. A 6 percent increase--the largest in cities of this size--was in the number of robberies.

* A 5 percent increase in the number of crimes known to law enforcement was experienced in cities with a population of less than 10,000. As a group, these cities saw an 11 percent increase in robberies and a 2 percent drop in murders. …

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