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National Landmarks Witnessing Crime Wave

THE NATION | IN BRIEF/WASHINGTON, D.C.

July 13, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Police beefed up patrols around national landmarks after Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey declared a crime emergency in response to a string of violence that included the killing of a British political activist.

At least 14 people have been killed in Washington in July, and in the last 30 days robberies have risen 14% and armed assaults have jumped 18%.

Just hours after Ramsey's crime emergency declaration, two groups of tourists were robbed at gunpoint on the National Mall.

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