Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Violent crime continues dropping in U.S.

The Americas Post - Things are quieting down for the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Murders, rapes and other violent crimes declined significantly in the United States during the first six months of 2011, extending a downward trend that has lasted 4 1/2 years, the FBI announced on Monday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said preliminary January-to-June statistics showed violent crime declining 6.4 percent from the previous year, led by a 5.7 percent decrease in murders and a 5.1 percent drop in rapes.

In other categories of violent crime, robberies declined 7.7 percent while aggravated assaults fell 5.9 percent.

The FBI’s regular statistical report did not provide reasons for the lower crime rate nationwide, but the numbers show no evidence of any growth in crime resulting from high unemployment and a weak economy.

The report is compiled from information provided by over 12,500 police and other law enforcement agencies across the country.

Violent crimes dropped about the same amount in all four regions of the country, including big cities, smaller cities and rural areas.

Property crimes like burglary, larceny, theft and motor vehicle theft also declined in the first half of the year, with burglaries down 2.2 percent, larceny and theft down 4.0 percent and stolen vehicles down 5.0 percent.

The separate category of arson plunged 8.6 percent in the first six months of the year, the FBI said.