Reported violent crime in the U.S. dropped another 5.5 percent last year, the FBI said today. There was a 2.8 percent decline in reported property crimes. All four violent crime categories were down: murder 4.4 percent, rape 4.2 percent, robbery 9.5 percent, and aggravated assault 3.6 percent. Violent crime reports declined in all city population groups and all four regions of the country. The area with the least decline was the Northest: .4 percent.
It was the fourth consecutive year for violent crime reports to drop. They last rose between 2005 and 2006. All property crime categories also decreased. Motor vehicle theft showed the largest drop (7.2 percent), followed by larceny-theft, 2.8 percent, and burglary, 1.1 percent.