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Last updated 7:12PM ET
March 6, 2021
Less Crime In Alabama Last Year
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - The number of crimes reported in Alabama dropped by 3 percent last year over the previous year despite a rise in robberies and homicides, according to new statistics.

The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center on Friday released its "Crime in Alabama 2006" report, an annual compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

"Alabama's number of assaults dropped at an even higher rate of -8.0 percent last year which is significantly lower than the -0.7 percent drop reported nationally." said ACJIC director Maury Mitchell in a statement. "All of this is great news for our state's citizens."

The number of motor vehicle thefts increased by 6 percent in 2006 and homicide and robbery both increased by 7 percent over 2005.

"In 2006, 791 more motor vehicle thefts were reported to law enforcement in Alabama than there were in 2005," Mitchell said. "Alabama also had 413 more incidents of robbery and 22 more homicides reported in 2006 than in 2005."

The annual ACJIC report includes statistics on violent crimes including homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, and property crimes like burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

The FBI has reported a 1.3 percent increase in violent crimes nationally last year, while the number of property crimes across the country dropped by 2.9 percent.

The total number of crimes reported in Alabama in 2006 was 183,802, or a 3 percent decrease from 2005, when 188,550 crimes were reported.

In 2006, there were 318 Alabama law enforcement officers less than one per day assaulted in the line of duty. That represents a 9 percent drop from 2005, when 348 officers were assaulted.

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