Both violent and property crime reports to local police declined in the first half of 2019 compared to the same time frame the previous year, says the FBI.
The report includes data from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies that voluntarily submitted information to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
All categories of violent crime offenses decreased between the first half of 2018 and the first half of 2019, for an overall decrease in violence of 3.1 percent, the report says.
This includes murder, down 3.9 percent, robbery, down 7.4 percent, rape, down 7.3 percent and aggravated assault, down .3 percent.
Property crime also declined during the same period, including burglary, 11.1 percent lower, motor vehicle theft, 6.7 per cent lower and larceny theft, 4.2 percent lower.
It was the third consecutive year of reported crime declines in the first half of the year. In 2016, all violent crime categories increased compared with the first half of 2015.
The FBI called the data preliminary. Its final report for 2019 is not expected until September.
In that month, the bureau also plans to issue a preliminary report for the first half of 2020.