On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report indicating that violent crime rates have decreased. According to the Department of Justice, the violent crime rate dropped 0.7% from 2006 to 2007. This drop follows two years of increases in the violent crime rate. In 2005 the violent crime rate increased 2.3% and in 2006 it increased 1.3%. Between 2006 and 2007, the rate of rapes dropped 2.5%. The number of murders dropped 0.6%, aggravated assaults dropped by 0.6% and robberies decreased by 0.5%. Additionally, the violent crime rate dropped in every region of the country except for the South, where the violent crime rate actually increased by 1.6%. These numbers fly in the face of our blog of August 7, 2008 which talked about the violent crime statistics released by the Chicago Police Department which points to a big increase in violent crime rates in the City of Chicago. As a matter of fact, the City of Chicago is on pace to set a new murder record for 2008.
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