The FBI today released it's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. The report is showing a 2.5 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 1.7 percent decrease in the number of property crimes from 2008 to 2007. All four of the violent crime offenses, murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery all decreased nationally. Violent crimes in all city sizes decreased. Murders dropped in the larger cities but in cities with populations less than 100,000, the murder rate increased 5.5%. When it comes to property crimes, there were overall decreases in these crimes as well. The only crime that saw an increase was Burglary which increased by 1.3%. Property crimes decreased in all but one Region of the United States. Property crimes increased by 1.6 percent in the Northeast. Arsons decreased by 3.9% nationally.
Overall, the preliminary results show that crime is generally down. To view all the crime reports from 1995 to 1998, click here.
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