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Crime Statistics in the United States
Post by Bryan Buckner
Among the many numbers for 2007, the big picture is clear: crime is down, but we still have a lot of work to do! Nationwide, violent crime fell for the first time since 2005. Property crime declined for the fifth straight year. And each of the seven specific offense categories—from aggravated assault to murder—was down from 2006. A few more top line numbers: An estimated 1.4 million violent crimes were reported last year, a drop of 0.7 percent compared to 2006. Property crimes fell 1.4 percent in 2007, to an estimated 9.8 million. Larceny/theft offenses accounted for two-thirds of all property crimes, and victims of property crimes—excluding arson—collectively lost an estimated $17.6 billion. The report is the product of painstaking work by our law enforcement partners and the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division in West Virginia. In 2007, more than 17,700 city, county, college and university, state, tribal, and federal agencies voluntarily participated in the program. Those agencies represented nearly 95 percent of the country’s population. You can check out a wealth of other resources, including: Staffing levels of more than 14,600 U.S. law enforcement agencies; A crime map; Data about the age, gender, and race of arrestees for 29 separate offenses, including murder; and Expanded information relating to homicides. This information is provided by FBI Top Stories RSS Feed.