Washington (WVLT/AP) – The FBI has released the Annual Uniform Crime Report for 2006. In it the FBI reports violent crimes in Knoxville are up while property crimes are down slightly.
According to the FBI report the majority of violent crimes were aggravated assault cases, up 8.45percent over 2005 to 1,243 cases.
Murders in Knoxville decreased by a full 25percent, forcible rape cases were down by 7.14percent, and robbery cases fell by 2.36percent.
As far as property crimes go, thefts increased by 1.1percent, 83 cases compared to 2005. Arson cases fell by 18.25percent, 25 less than the year before.
Burglaries dropped by 8.26 percent and car theft are down by nearly more than 10 percent.
Interestingly, only one Tennessee city, Nashville, showed decreases in every crime group reported. On the other side of the state in Memphis all crime groups except car theft increased.
The new data from the FBI show that the nation's murder rate rose slightly last year, but the number of robberies skyrocketed by six percent.
The preliminary figures also show an overall 1.3percent rise in violent crime across the country last year, the second straight annual increase.
The number of homicides in major metropolitan areas climbed more than 6.5 percent. Smaller cities, meanwhile, saw their murders decrease by almost 12 percent.
The spike in robberies marks the highest increase in any category of crime surveyed in the FBI report.
The report also shows that violent crime rose in every region of the country except for the northeast, while western states saw the largest jump in violent crime.
2006 Annual Uniform Crime Report
2006 Data for Knoxville:
|Comparison 2005 - 2006|
|-Motor Vehicle Theft|
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.