CHEYENNE — Following the national trend, Wyoming saw an increase in violent crime last year.
Forrest Bright, director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, said violent crime in the state was up 0.6 percent in 2005.
According to a report issued Monday by the FBI, the overall national increase in violent crime was 2.5 percent, which equates to more than 1.4 million crimes. That's the largest percentage increase since 1991.
Nationally, murders rose 4.8 percent, meaning there were more than 16,900 victims in 2005. That's the most since 1998 and the largest percentage increase in 15 years.
Bright said Monday he didn't have information about the incidence of specific crimes in Wyoming. He referred questions to Richard Russell, program manager of the DCI's Uniform Crime Reporting Section.
Russell on Tuesday declined to release information about Wyoming's 2005 crime figures.
"I'm not going to release the 2005 numbers because I haven't released them to the S-Os (sheriff offices) and P-Ds (police departments) yet," Russell said.
Russell said he has a report compiled of the 2005 figures and said he intends to release them in about a month, after he gives it to law enforcement agencies in the state.
While Bright said violent crimes were up in Wyoming last year, he said property crimes were down 4.4 percent for the year.
Bright said crime in Wyoming is often related to drug activity, particularly methamphetamine.
"We've been doing quite well in developing drug cases," Bright said. "As you're aware, we've recently brought two investigations together with Riverton and Casper and arrested 53 people."