Friday, December 23, 2011

Violent Crime Falls 6.4% During First Half of Year

Overall crime reports in the first half of 2011 dropped 6.4 percent as compared with the first six months of 2011. Murder reports declined 5.7 percent, rapes 5.1 percent and robbery reports 7.7 percent.

Data from the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report are based on information from more than 12,500 law enforcement agencies that submitted data to the FBI.

Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 6.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2011 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2010. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States from January to June of 2011 decreased 3.7 percent when compared with data from the same time period in 2010. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Figures for 2011 indicate that arson decreased 8.6 percent when compared to 2010 figures from the same time period.

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