The FBI says the United States was a more dangerous place last year. A new report finds an alarming increase in violent crime for 2006 -- especially in cities. Murders are up. Robberies have skyrocketed. For the second straight year, violent crime is on the rise. Newark, NJ Mayor Corey Booker said, "You have people living in fear, worried about their children. We have a crisis in our country." The new numbers from the FBI show a six percent increase in robberies. Murders are also up six percent in large urban areas. But it's mid-sized, Midwest cities that saw some of the largest spikes in crime, like Indianapolis. Last year was that city's deadliest in nearly a decade. Indianapolis Police Department Maj. Lloyd Crowe said, "When is this going to end? I wish I could tell you that we got a lot of people very angry no better way to solve conflict then to pull out a gun and shoot somebody." Hoping money and manpower can fix the problem the Justice Department is now sending a "violent crime task force," already in 25 cities, to four more: Orlando, Florida; Mesa, Arizona; San Bernardino, California; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said, "Each of these cities has seen an unacceptable increase in homicides or Other violent crimes." Police blame a rise in youth violence, and a resurgence of gangs, for some of the increase. In the Midwest officers blame drugs. Criminologists say the new numbers are a wake-up call for pro-active law enforcement. Statistics for crime in Wilmington were not released on the FBI's preliminary report. Those numbers will be made available later this fall.
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