Crime Rates Dropping Across The Country

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Reports of violent and property crimes continued to decline in the first half of 2010, according to preliminary crime report released by the FBI Monday.
The FBI's semiannual uniform crime report shows that reports of violent crime dropped 6.2 percent from January to June and property crime reports were down 2.8 percent.
The dip in reported crimes follows a three-year trend of decreasing crime rates despite a sagging economy.
According to the FBI, murders dropped 7.1 percent in the first six months of 2010 while robberies decreased by 10.7 percent. Reports of vehicle thefts also dropped by 9.7 percent.
FBI crime reports have shown a steady decrease in crimes rates since 2008. In the annual report for 2009, released in September, reports of violent crimes dropped 5.3 percent and reported property crimes fell 4.6 percent.
Experts have been hard-pressed to explain the decreasing crime when a weak economy has put a continuing strain on local police budgets. Typically, crime rates increase as the economy falters.

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  • by LeAnn Location: Lansing on Dec 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    Blake, get used to it. Ignorance, cluelessness, and overall stupidtiy quite often rule the WILX message boards. Spelling, grammar, and common sense just don't seem to hang out in here very often.
  • by blake Location: Lansing on Dec 20, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    Well, lets see...The story said the report covers the FIRST half of 2010. Last I looked that was January until June, but the first three comments are making statements referencing the LAST 6 month period. The story is covering The U.S. as a whole but you are also referencing Michigan. WOW! Not only idiotic in statements, but, can not read either!
  • by Sans on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    Sorry but I find this story to be really funny. Especially since almost daily some place in the mid MI area is being robbed.
  • by non anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Just like unemployment in dropping all across the country. I'll stick to alternative media when i want truthful stories and numbers. I give you an A minus for spin effort here.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    Crime rates drop across the Country, then we read the news and see they are on the rise in MICHIGAN, Lansing, Flint, Detroit to be exact.
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