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Crime Statistics / 1976 FBI Report / Gainesville #50484

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(DC) Many people in Washington, DC jail are listed in just-released FBI report on crime in US; Attorney General says serious crime incrd. by less than 1% in 1976 and decrd. by 9% in 1st mos. of 1977. FBI reports cities with highest crime rates are NYC, Miami, Detroit, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, in that order. Surprise comes from city in 6th place; on per capita basis, Gainesville, Florida, is 6th in US.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Gainesville, Florida) [WOMAN - repeats harassment report] Gainesville police department put crime information for city together and sent it to state capital, Tallahassee. When 1976 national crime report comes out, city is 6th in per capita crime, 2nd in rape. [Police chief Courtnay ROBERTS - notes city doesn't have street gangs and street-corner beatings so common in big cities like NYC, Washington, DC and Detroit.] What Roberts does have is densely populated, metro area that comes out bad statistically when compared to area like Miami, where rpting. area incls. part of Everglades. However, Gainesville's rpting. area incls. University of Florida; bike thefts reported by students add to robbery status, and young population also plays role in no. of rapes. Preventive and precautionary measures taken by police department noted. Roberts says policemen in city getting job done, despite FBI report
REPORTER: David Snell

(Studio) Frequency of commission of murders, robberies and rapes cited.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank;
Snell, David

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