FBI Report Shows Violent Crime on the Rise in Arkansas

Published: Oct. 27, 2004 at 11:35 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2004 at 8:08 PM CDT
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OCTOBER 27, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The latest figures from the FBI show that the rate of property crimes in Arkansas over the past five years has remained steady but the number of violent crimes is up.

The FBI says the overall crime rate is up less than one percentage point while Arkansas' population has grown 6.8 percent.  That's according to statistics from the bureau's Uniform Crime Report.

The FBI records cover the years 1999-2003.  Violent crimes were up 7.3 percent overall and property crimes were up one-tenth of a percent.

The highest increases were in rape and murder.  The data shows that rapes per 100,000 residents jumped from 28 to 33, or 19.l percent, and the murder rate increased from 14.3 percent from 5.6 in 1999 to 6.3 last year.

The rates of motor vehicle theft and larceny both dropped.  The FBI says 261 vehicles per 100,000 residents were stolen in 1999, but that dropped to 221 in 2003, a decrease of 15.6 percent.

Larceny rates dropped from 2,506 per 100,000 residents to 2,487 in 2003, a difference of seven-tenths of a percent.

Aggravated assaults jumped from 313 to 335 per 100,000, and robbery was up from 79 to 82 per 100,000.

The number of burglaries increased 7.4 percent over the five-year period.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)