WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI reports that both violent and property
crimes declined in 2007.
In preliminary figures for crimes reported to police, the bureau
says the number of violent crimes declined by 1.4 percent from
2006, reversing two years of rising violent crime numbers. Property
crimes were down 2.1 percent last year from the previous year.
The largest declines were in vehicle theft, down 8.9 percent and
in rape, down 4.3 percent and murder, down 2.7 percent.
The crime trends were not uniform. Murders, for instance, were
down an enormous 9.8 percent in cities of more than a million
residents. But murders rose by 1.9 percent in towns of 10,000 to
Violent crimes dropped most in the Northeast, down 5.4 percent.
But it rose 0.7 percent in the South.
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