FBI reports lower national crime rates

The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report for 2010, in its preliminary findings, reports a 5.5% decrease in violent crime and a 2.8% decrease in property crime nationally (when compared with 2009 figures). And in 2009, these categories were down 5.5% and 4.9%, respectively.
2010 marks the fourth-straight year in which violent and property crimes have declined nationally – flying in the face of conventional wisdom which would seem to indicate that the Great Recession would experience an increase in crime in several categories due to rising unemployment and expiring public benefits.
2010 National Data
  • Murder – down 4.4%
  • Forcible Rape – down 4.2%
  • Robbery – down 9.5%
  • Aggravated Assault – down 3.6%
  • Car theft – down 7.2%
  • Burglary – down 1.1%
  • Arson – down 8.3%
While categories decreased significantly on the national level, certain regions and urban areas saw marked increases in crime. The Northeast saw marked up-ticks in violent crime – particularly murder with an increase of 8.3%. Large urban areas overall saw a murder rate increase of 3.0% and even small town America was not immune to some increases, with burglary up by 1.3% in communities of 50,000 or less.