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Crime rate dropped 5% in 2009, continuing 20 year downtrend cutting major crimes by nearly 50%.

Lt. Sean Malinowski oversees the department's crime analysis unit. He's spent years immersing himself in the world of predictive technology and has advised U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder on the subject. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / March 18, 2010)

The United States’s crime rate dropped 5% last year, continuing a 20-year trend that has cut the incidence of major crimes nearly in half, according to FBI statistics.

Crime experts have cited several possible explanations for the falling crime rate, including better policing, a swelling of the prison population, the decline of the crack cocaine epidemic and an aging population. But regardless of the reason, crime fell sharply during the 1990s and has declined gradually since then.

Last year, the rate of murders and manslaughter was…READ MORE HERE.