Despite fears that the declining economy would cause an increase in the violent crime rate, statistics released by the FBI seem to suggest otherwise. The statistics seem to suggest that the violent crime rate may be dropping for the third year in a row. The statistics measure the crime rate for the first 6 months of the year, so they are not complete yet. The number of murders fell 10 percent, robbery fell by 6.5 percent and rapes declined by 3.3 percent. Overall, the violent crime rate fell by 1.8 percent from 2008 to 2007. New York and Los Angeles saw a drop in their murder rate while Detroit saw an increase. Incidentally, property crimes are also decreasing. Vehicle thefts decreased by 18.7 percent and burglary fell by 2.5 percent. Overall, the property property crime rate dropped by 6.1 percent. The violent crime rate dropped in all four regions of the United States with the exception of the South which saw a tiny increase of 0.7 percent.
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