Violent crime rose slightly in 2006, FBI says
By Tamara Barak
June 5, 2007
Violent crime in the U.S. increased slightly in 2006, and the
Bay Area was no exception, according to preliminary statistics
released by the FBI yesterday.
Nationally, violent crime increased 1.3 percent when compared
to data from 2005, according to the FBI. However, property crime
decreased 2.9 percent for the same time period.
Murders increased most dramatically in the nation's biggest cities,
according to the FBI. In cities with populations of more than
a million people, the homicide rate swelled 6.7 percent in 2006.
By contrast, murders decreased by 11.9 percent in non-metropolitan
counties, the FBI reported.
Forcible rape fell by 1.9 percent nationally in 2006.
The FBI also released in its report crime statistics for Bay
Area cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Violent crime, which includes murder, forcible rape, robbery
and aggravated assault, increased in 2006 in the following cities:
Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Daly City, Fairfield, Fremont, Hayward,
Oakland, Richmond, Salinas, San Francisco and San Jose.
Only three Bay Area cities included in the FBI report boasted
falling violent crime rates in 2006 - Santa Clara, Santa Rosa
Complete statistics for 2005 were not available for Vallejo.
Property crimes, which include burglary, larceny, auto theft
and arson, fell in 2006 for Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Fairfield,
Richmond and Sunnyvale.
The property crime rate increased in Santa Rosa, Santa Clara,
San Jose, San Francisco, Salinas, Daly City, Fremont, Hayward
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