Property crimes also decreased nationally, according to the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report
Property crime dropped 1.6 percent compared with 2007 reports gathered from 12,750 law enforcement agencies.
Here are highlights of the new report, from an FBI news release:
- All four of the violent crime offense categories declined nationwide: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter (down 4.4 percent), aggravated assault (down 3.2 percent), forcible rape (down 2.2 percent), and robbery (down 1.1 percent).
- While violent crimes like murder, forcible rape, and robberies in cities with one million or more residents decreased, cities with less than 10,000 residents reported increases in those same categories (murder up 5.5 percent, forcible rape up 1.4 percent, robbery up 3.9 percent).
- Nationwide, burglaries were the only property crime to show an increase (up 1.3 percent), while thefts decreased (down 0.6 percent) as did motor vehicle thefts (down a whopping 13.1 percent!).
- Arson offenses, tracked separately from other property crimes, declined in all four regions of the country — Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. The largest decrease was in the West (down 5.9 percent).