Laramie, Wy – Following the national trend, Wyoming saw an increase in violent crime last year.
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Director Forrest Bright says violent crime in the state was up zero-point-six percent in 2005.
According to a report issued yesterday (Monday) by the F-B-I, the overall national increase in violent crime was two-point-five percent.
That equates to more than one-point-four million crimes. That's the largest percentage increase since 1991.
Bright says he didn't have information about the incidence of specific crimes in Wyoming. He referred questions to Richard Russell of the D-C-I's Uniform Crime Reporting Section.
But Russell declined to release information about Wyoming's 2005 crime figures. He says he wants to give the figures to law enforcement agencies first before releasing them to the public.