It’s getting desperate out there.
A recent rise in violent crime accelerated in the first half of 2006, providing the clearest sign yet that the nation is in the midst of a prolonged increase in murder, assaults and other violent offenses, the FBI reported today.
Violent crime reports surged by nearly 4 percent in the first six months of 2006 when compared with the same time period a year earlier, including a dramatic increase of nearly 10 percent for robberies, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
The numbers showed robbery increases for cities of all sizes, including a 13 percent jump for some of the smallest with populations from 10,000 to 24,999. Murders and assault also rose by more than 1 percent, while the number of reported rapes dipped slightly.
The results follow on the heels of a 2.5 percent surge in violent crimes for 2005, which marked the highest rate of increase in 15 years. The latest numbers suggest that those results were not an anomaly, but rather part of the first significant uptick in violent crime since the early 1990s.