The FBI reports that the violent crime rate decreased nationally for the fourth year in a row. In addition, property crimes decreased nationally for the eighth year in a row. The news was released in the FBI's annual Crime in the United States report for 2010. Violent crimes decreased by 6 percent and property crimes decreased by 2.7 percent compared to 2009. In spite of the national decrease, some cities in the Northeast experienced double digit increase in the number of murders. The major cities include New York, Boston and Newark. The FBI's data is compiled with figures provided by 18,108 city, county, state, university and college, tribal and federal agencies that voluntarily agree to participate in the FBI's annual study. Last week the Department of Justice released a report indicating that the national violent crime rate decreased by 13 percent in 2010.
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