Every year, the FBI releases a report on crime statistics. The report, the Uniform Crime Reports, is generally considered by academics and law enforcement agencies to be the most comprehensive analysis of nationwide crime available.

The FBI released its crime report for 2006 today. I will be taking a closer look at some of the numbers in a story to be published tonight, but here’s a taste of what the report found:

  • Homicides are up in the city of San Diego by 33.3 percent. That’s compared to a national increase of 0.3 percent and an increase in big cities (1 million people-plus) of 0.2 percent.
  • Overall violent crime is down in San Diego, by 3 percent. Overall crime in the United States, violent crime was up 1.3 percent.
  • Overall property crime also fell, by 2 percent, mirroring the national trend. Overall property crime in the United States dropped by 2.9 percent.

I’ll be putting these statistics and other to some criminal justice academics and to experts at the Police Department to analyze. Look out for the story later on.

WILL CARLESS

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