One notable aspect of the new FBI crime data for the first half of 2005 was that homicides in cities of 10,000 or fewer population rose 13 percent, says USA Today. “Unfortunately, it looks like the small towns are playing catch-up with the big cities,” said criminologist Jack Levin of Northeastern University in Boston. “What starts in Detroit or Chicago eventually becomes a problem in the suburbs. Crime moves where the population goes.”
Said Mary Ann Viverette, police chief in Gaithersburg, Md., and president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police: “Because of a lack of resources in some of these places, police are often forced to react to incidents rather than be in a position to disrupt them.” Overall, murders declined last year after three successive years of increases. The increases had been blamed on a resurgence in gang activity and illegal drug sales, along with a faltering economy.