A link between robberies and poverty?In some cities where the robbery rate shot up in the first half of 2006, the poverty rate has been climbing steadily in recent years.
Is there a connection?
Possible explanations abound for the soaring robbery rate -- 9.7% nationwide* in the first half of 2006. They include overstretched police departments and a baby-boom "echo" that's entering the 15- to 25-year-old prime crime bracket
But a lead suspect in that troubling trend, say some criminologists, is added economic stress.
Read the Christian Science Monitor story here.
* In Orlando, robberies were up 28%; the poverty rate for Orange County has climbed from 10.9% in 2000 to 12.6% in 2004. Nevertheless, the murder rate -- up 329% this year -- has gotten most of the attention. Read the Orlando Sentinel story about the crime rates here.