The Law: Crime Boom

The call for law-and-order has literally become a battle cry in America. In 1972 citizens took heart that some headway was being made in the battle against criminals; the figures for serious crime showed a drop of 4% that year. By 1973, however, the percentages were climbing again, and they are still going up. Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its statistics for 1974: crime in seven major categories-jumped 17% above the 1973 figures—the highest annual rise since 1960.

The biggest increase was not in urban areas. In towns with populations of 100,000 or more, the increase in the number...

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