Crime Rate “Impressively Flat;” Murders Rise

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Reported violent crime in the U.S. dropped 3.2 percent last year, despite a 1.3 percent increase in murder, says the FBI’s preliminary Uniform Crime Reports. Property crime remained almost exactly the same. Crime has remained “impressively flat” over the past four years, said criminologist Alfred Blumstein of Carnegie Mellon University. Murder jumped 15.7 percent in
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