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Crime Rates Drop, Except in Small Towns

By June 2, 2009

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The total number of violent crimes has declined for the second year in a row across the United States, except in small towns with less than 10,000 residents, according to new FBI statistics. While violent crime dropped 2.5 percent nationwide in 2008, murder, forcible rape and robbery increased in small town America.

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).

The full Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for 2008 is available online.

See Also: FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2008


April 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(1) Vito says:

Once they pass a nude negro law, things will improve.

March 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(2) that other guy says:


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