U.S. Senator Mark Begich today condemned the recent surge in violent crime in Anchorage and a lack of law enforcement in rural Alaska and unveiled a 12-point proposal to help reduce crime and increase enforcement and prosecution in both urban and rural Alaska.
"It's hard to open an Anchorage newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing about another horrendous crime being committed against innocent citizens," said Begich. "The FBI reported late last year that serious crime in Anchorage in 2012 -- the most current statistics available -- was up in seven of eight categories, including murder rape, robbery and assault. This is unacceptable. That's why I'm working hard to put the legislation and resources in place to help prevent these crimes, to fully staff and equip our law enforcement officers and to put criminals behind bars."