Reported violent crime in the U.S. dropped 6 percent last year compared with 2009, the fourth consecutive year it has declined, the FBI said Monday. For the eighth consecutive year, property crimes went down as well—2.7 percent. The report was compiled from data submitted by 18,000 law enforcement agencies, and differs from the Justice Department’s victimization survey, which was issued last week and reported a 13 percent drop in violent crime.
In the FBI’s report, the largest decrease was robbery, 10.0 percent. Motor vehicle thefts were down 7.4 percent. The most common violent crime was aggravated assault, which accounted for 62.5 percent of the crimes reported last year. Firearms were used in about two thirds of reported murders, 41.4 percent of reported robberies, and 20.6 percent of aggravated assaults.