For the third consecutive year, violent crimes decreased in 2009 according to statistics released by the FBI. For the seventh consecutive year property crimes decreased as well. Compared to 2008, the number of violent and property crimes decreased by 5.3 percent and 4.6 percent when compared to 2008. The violent crime rate for 2009 was 429.4 per 100,000 people, a decrease of 6.1 percent from 2008. Nationwide, in 2009, a total of 1,318,398 violent crimes were reported. Violent crime is defined as murder, manslaughter, robbery and aggravated assault. All four categories of violent crime showed a decline. The largest decreases were in murder and manslaughter. Murders decreased by 7.3 percent and manslaughter decreased by 0.8 percent. Aggravated Assault decreased by 4.2 percent. 9,320,971 property crimes were reported in 2009. Motor Vehicle Thefts decreased by 17.1 percent, thefts decreased by 4 percent and burglaries decreased by 1.3 percent.
All of these statistics are compiled by the FBI by gathering information provided by local police agencies throughout the United States.
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