Reported crime in the U.S. continues its downward march despite the nation’s economic difficulties, the FBI reported today in a compilation of data from 2010’s first six months. There was a 6.2 percent decrease in the number of reported violent crimes and a 2.8 percent decrease in the number of reported property crimes compared to the same period in 2009.
Reported incidents of both violent and property crime fell in all four U.S regions, most in the South, least in Northeast. In the Northeast, murders were were up 5.7 percent, forcible rapes were up 1.1 percent, and aggravated assaults were up 2.4 percent, and burglaries up 3.9 percent. The nationwide 10.7 drop in reported robberies was particularly striking because analysts often have theorized a link between that crime and economic conditions.