A government report shows violent crime rose nearly 2 percent last year, a slightly higher increase than expected.
According to the FBI, the number of murders nationwide in 2006 increased by 1.8 percent over the previous year. But in big cities of over 1 million people, murder jumped by 6.8 percent. The number of robberies and arson also rose, while the number of rapes and car thefts dropped.
The new numbers confirm that crime rates continued on a two-year upward trend after a relative lull in violence between 2002 and 2004.
A Justice Department spokesman is casting the report as a good news in the effort to combat gangs, guns and violence. He points out that the rate of crimes per 100,000 people had declined to its lowest level in 30 years.
In Greenville, there were 640 violent crimes reported in 2006. That's up from 509 in 2005. There were six murders in Greenville in both 2005 and 2006. There were ten more rapes in 2006 in Greenville.
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