Crime: Higher Than Ever

The FBI last week published its annual horror story, the Uniform Crime Reports, which naggingly showed a 16% leap in serious offenses. J. Edgar Hoover's statistics placed last year 7% ahead of 1966 in rapes, 9% in aggravated assaults, 11% in murders and 28% in robberies. Two out of every 100 Americans, said the FBI, fell prey to a major felony. This chilling statistic is misleading as an index for the nation as a whole, since most crime is concentrated in the limited demographic area of the city ghetto.

Hoover's report, which came out a full month later than usual,...