FBI Reports Increase in Robberies and Murder for First Half of 2005

WASHINGTON, After going down to its lowest level in more than 40 years, robberies may be back on the upswing according to the FBI’s preliminary figures for crime in the first six months of 2005. The FBI figures released on Dec. 19 also showed a substantial increase in murders nationwide for the first half of the year.

Just two months ago, the FBI released a positive report with the final crime figures for 2004, with substantial drops in crime across the board, including the fewest number of robberies since the early 1960s.

However, the FBI said that compared to the first six months of 2004, robberies were up 0.6 percent for the same period in 2005, while murders went up 2.1 percent. The robbery and murder rate increases were especially sharp in the Midwest and South regions, as well as in cities with less than 10,000 population.

The news remained positive, however, on the nonviolent end of crime. Burglaries were down 1.1 percent between January and June 2005, with property crime down 2.8 percent overall.

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