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Record Increase in Violent Crimes Last Year, Especially Midwest
June 13, 2006, 12:11 am
Filed under: crime, gay and lesbian, media and democracy

In case you were considering it, here’s another reason not to move to the Midwest:

The number of U.S. violent crimes increased 2.5 percent last year, the largest percentage gain since the early 1990s, led by more murders, robberies and aggravated assaults, the FBI reported on Monday.

It said the number of murders rose 4.8 percent, the largest percentage gain in 15 years. Robberies increased 4.5 percent while the number of aggravated assaults went up 1.9 percent. The only violent crime category to drop was rape, falling 1.9 percent.

The nation’s four regions all posted increases in violent crime in 2005. The Midwest had the steepest jump at 5.7 percent, followed by the West at 1.9 percent, the South at 1.8 percent and the Northeast at 1.4 percent.

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