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5 Alaska Just. F. 1 (1988-1989)

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A Publication of the                                                   Justice Center
Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Unit                             School of Justice
Spring 1988             UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE                  Vol.5, No. 1

Crime in Anchorage Declines

According to preliminary
statistics released in April by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation,
crime increased nationwide but
declined in Anchorage in 1987. The
FBI Uniform Crime Reporting
statistics are based on an index of
selected offenses: murder, forcible
rape, robbery, aggravated assault,
burglary, larceny-theft, motor
vehicle theft and arson. The figures
include individual statistics only for
cities with populations over 100,000.
The figures for Anchorage reveal
a decline in reported numbers for all
index offenses from 1986 to 1987.
Total offenses reported to the FBI
dropped to 13,910 from 16,668 in
1986, a decline of almost 17 per cent.
Murder declined 12 per cent, from 17
to 15; forcible rape declined 7 per

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cent, from 167 to 154; aggravated
assault dropped 16 per cent, from 684
to 571; and robbery, 14 per cent from
330 to 285. Burglary declined 25 per
cent, from 2,824 to 2,113; larceny-theft
dropped 14 per cent, from 11,071 to
9,491; motor vehicle theft declined 19
per cent, from 1,386 to 1,117 and arson
dropped 13 per cent from 189 to 164.
(The population in Anchorage declined
from 236,934 to 231,492 from July,
1986 to July, 1987, according to the
Alaska Department of Labor;
migration from the city during the
same period is estimated at 9,673.)
The total number of serious crimes
reported to law enforcement agencies
nationwide rose 2 per cent overall
from 1986 to 1987. The rise marked
the third consecutive annual increase
in reported crime.

SEARCH Group, Inc., the
National Consortium for Justice
Information and Statistics, is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to
improving the criminal justice
system through technology.
SEARCH is based in Sacramento,
Funding for the training seminar
is provided through a grant from the
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau
of Justice Assistance. There is no
tuition  charge.  Criminal justice
professionals interested in attending
the seminar should contact the
Justice Center at the University of
Alaska Anchorage.

* The Bureau of Justice Statistics
examines drunk driving (p. 3).
* State court filings examined
(p. 2).
Among the violent crimes reported,
aggravated assault was up nationally 2
per cent from 1986. Decreases recorded
for the other three reported violent
offenses were: murder, 4 per cent;
forcible rape, 1 per cent; and robbery, 5
per cent.
The individual property crimes of
larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft
registered index upswings of 3 and 5 per
cent, respectively, while the burglary
volume dropped 1 per cent. Arson
decreased by 5 per cent.
The 1987 preliminary figures
indicated an overall rise of 1 per cent in
the Midwest, 3 per cent in the Northeast,
and 4 per cent in the South. The West
experienced the only decline, a drop of I
per cent.
Following the trend for the nation as
a whole, the index volume in cities with
populations over 50,000 and in suburban
and rural areas nationwide was also up 2
per cent.
(The comprehensive analysis of Uniform
Crime Report data for 1987 will be
released by the FBI in late summer.
Crime in Alaska, the annual study
compiled by the Alaska Department of
Public Safety, is also scheduled for release
in the summer.)

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