New data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show that violent crime rates in the U.S. are reaching historic lows, according to an MSNBC.com report. Though the findings of the report, released in the federal organization’sPreliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, represent a seemingly small decline in crime overall, criminologists say the decline is part of a larger downward trend and is the result of changes that have contributed to a more peaceful society. Despite the weakened economy, the crime rates are at the lowest levels since World War II and have dropped for the fifth straight year in 2011.
The Crime Report data was based on information from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation. Here are some noteworthy statistics from the FBI’s annual report:
- Instances of murder declined 1.9 percent from 2010 data;
- Rape, robbery, and aggravated assault declined four percent nationwide;
- Property crimes registered an 0.8 percent drop;
- Motor vehicle thefts dropped by 3.3 percent; and
- Instances of arson were down by five percent.
A criminology professor at the University of Maryland explains that a combination of factors, including an aging population, increased immigrant population, and a more robust police presence around the country, have contributed to this historic decline. However, FBI data shows that violent crime rates begun to edge upwards at the end of 2011; thus, experts warn that the lower crime rates shouldn’t cause agencies to ease crime fighting efforts.
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