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1989 Crime Rate Up 3%

One would think that with all of the new prisons constructed over the past 20 years the crime rate would be going down. Not so, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System. The feds say crime was up 3% in 1989. Crime rates rose 3% in 1988; a mere 2% during 1987; 6% during 1986; and 5% in 1985. The Crime Index increases took place in each geographic area of reporting.

The most rapid rise was in the area of violent crimes, which showed an overall 5% increase. Aggravated assaults grew by 5% while robbery jumped at 7%. While the murder rate averaged a 4% increase during the year, cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 experienced a 12% jump in murder rates.

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