Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released figures which reveal that the level of violent crime dropped nationally by 1.9% from 2007 to 2008. Between 2006 and 2007 the number of rapes dropped by 1.6% to the lowest figure in 20 years. Murders dropped by 3.9%, aggravated assaults by 2.5%, and robberies by 0.7%. Property crimes, which have been decreasing the last five years, decreased by 0.8%. The drop in the violent crime rate comes after an increase in the violent crime rate in 2005 by 2.5% and an increase in 2006 of 1.3%.
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