FBI Figures Show Crime Up in Arkansas

SEPTEMBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 11:07 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A report from the FBI shows that violent crime increased by 6.1 percent during 2005, with property crimes up by 1.7 percent.

The jump in violent crime between 2004 and 2005 in Arkansas was nearly three times the national average, the figures from the FBI's Crime in the United States show.  Violent crime nationally was up 2.3 percent.

Cities are seemingly fighting more crime this year, too.  Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pine Bluff have already exceeded their 2005 homicide totals.

In Little Rock, the number of violent crimes rose eight percent in 2005, while the number of property crimes decreased by one percent.  In North Little Rock, the violent crime rate rose by 5.5 percent, while the property crime rate rose by 4.5 percent.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)