Violent crimes reported to local law enforcement dropped 4.4 percent last year, while property crimes fell 4.1 percent, the FBI reported today in its annual Uniform Crime Report for last year. The FBI compilation continued a 5-year trend of violent crime reductions. The FBI defines violent crime as including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The national murder total last year was 14,196, compared with 14,827 in 2012.
The Justice Department’s annual victimization survey, released in September, found that the rate of violent crime declined slightly last year from 26.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2012 to 23.2 per 1,000 in 2013. That report, which is based on a survey of Americans, found no statistically significant change in the rate of serious violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault). The FBI reported a national arrest total was 11,302,102, including 1,501,043 for drug offenses, the highest sub-category. Both numbers were down from 2012, when there were 12,196,951 arrests, including 1,552,432 drug arrests.