FBI: Violent Crime Down Nationwide, Up in Small Towns

The FBI’s preliminary report on crime statistics for 2008 show an overall decrease in violent crime, but an increase for cities of 10,000 or less.

In small cities, according to the report, murders increased by 5.5%, forcible rape by 1.4%, and robbery by 3.9%.

Violent crime decreased for the second year in a row, showing a 2.5% decrease from 2007. Property crimes were also down 1.6% from the previous year, the fifth in a row.

In the categories of violent and property crimes tracked by the FBI, only burglaries showed an increase across the nation.

Looking at crimes by region, the West and Midwest had between a 3% and 4% decrease in both violent and property crimes. The South and Northeast had less dramatic changes, with property crimes actually rising in the Northeast.

Arson, which the FBI tracks separately from the other two groups, was down in all for sections of the country.

Mother vehicle thefts had the most notable improvement, decreasing by 13.1% from 2007.

The statistics are based on data provided by more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.

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