Monday, May 24, 2010

Early FBI Stats Show Crime Decreased in 2009

According to preliminary 2009 crime statistics from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), violent crime in the United States decreased (see "Despite Economy, FBI Says U.S. Violent Crime Rate Is Down Again," Washington Post, 5-24-10). Violent crimes--including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault--decreased 5.5 percent from 2008 to 2009. To view data tables of crime statistics by population group, region, and other factors, see the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. The FBI's web site contains Uniform Crime Reports dating back to 1995, and the Government Publications Library has earlier Uniform Crime Reports available in microform.

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