Statistics Show Violent Crime On The Rise in Little Rock

JUNE 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Crime statistics released yesterday by the

F-B-I show that violent crime in Little Rock last year remained

stable compared to nearby cities.

Little Rock's eight percent jump in violent crime between 2004

and 2005 was higher than the national average. However, its murder

rate increase was modest compared to that of neighboring cities.

Little Rock reported 41 murders in 2005, up one from 2004 -- an

increase of two-point-five percent.

Murders more than doubled in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew by 20

percent, or ten murders, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Murders in Jackson,

Mississippi., dropped by 15 from 53 in 2004 to 38 in 2005.


So far in 2006, Little Rock has recorded 33 murders, putting it

at a rate slightly ahead of the record 76 killings in 1993, when

gang-related violence helped push numbers up.

For 2005, the city showed its highest increase in aggravated

assaults, up 14 percent since 2004. However, other crime numbers

dropped: burglaries, larcenies, robberies and rapes all were

slightly lower. Motor vehicle thefts jumped almost 17 percent.

Nationally, murders rose four-point-eight percent, meaning there

were more than 16-thousand-900 victims in 2005. That would be the

most since 1998 and the largest percentage increase in 15 years.

The overall increase in violent crime was modest, two-point-five

percent, which equates to more than one-point-four (m) million


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