Violent crime reports in the U.S. dropped last year for the third consecutive year, the FBI said today. There were 5.3 percent fewer reports of violent crimes and 4.6 percent fewer reports of property crimes than in 2008. It was the seventh straight year of decline for property crimes, defying predictions by some that such offenses might rise during a time of economic recession.
The violent crime rate for the year was 429.4 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants (a 6.1 percent decrease from the 2008 rate), and the property crime rate was 3,036.1 per 100,000 persons (a 5.5 percent decrease from the 2008 figure). Each of the four violent crime categories decreased, murder by 7.3 percent, robbery by 8 percent, aggravated assault by 4.2 percent, and forcible rape by 2.6 percent.
Each of the property crime categories also dropped, led by motor vehicle thefts: down 17.1 percent. Larceny-thefts reports were down 4 percent and reported burglaries down 1.3 percent. More information can be seen in the annual “Crime in the United States” report.