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Based on what you hear and read, does this surprise you?

— The FBI said Monday that violent crime reported to police in 2009 declined for the third straight year.

The 5.3 percent drop in violent crime was accompanied by a 4.6 percent drop in property crime, marking the seventh consecutive year that nonviolent crime has dropped.

Each of the violent crime categories decreased from 2008, as did each of the property crime categories.

Murder fell by 7.3 percent, robbery by 8 percent, aggravated assault by 4.2 percent and rape by 2.6 percent.

Motor vehicle theft was down by 17.1 percent, larceny by 4 percent and burglary by 1.3 percent.

The bureau said victims of property crime, aside from arson, lost an estimated $15.2 billion during 2009.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:15 PM on Sep. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Looks to me crime has come down for the most part every year since 2000 so whats the point here?
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    The point is that despite all the talk, you are safer now than you were last year. I would bet that if you polled people that didn't know these statistics, they would say crime was up substantially. That is the point.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 8:24 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507 6 32 145 324 3,618 729 2,477 412
    2001 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505 6 32 149 319 3,658 742 2,486 431
    2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 494 6 33 146 310 3,631 747 2,451 433
    2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 476 6 32 143 295 3,591 741 2,417 434
    2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463 6 32 137 289 3,514 730 2,362 422
    2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469 6 32 141 291 3,432 727 2,288 417
    2006 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 474 6 31 149 288 3,335 729 2,207 398
    2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467 6 30 148 284 3,264 723 2,178 363
    These are each different categories of crime. Looks to me crime has come down for the most part every year since 2000 so whats the point here?
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:58 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • I don't get it....

    I'm more afraid of the government than I am of crime.

    Whatcha gettin at, sweet?
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:47 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • Doesn't surprise me - crime stats are very convenient to have on hand when gun control debates come up. It's a common misconception used to try and sway people to support gun bans and other archaic laws. Same way the news will always report a shooting but rarely report about homeowners who defend their home successfully and nobody is hurt. It all ties together.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:48 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20100913/US.FBI.Crime/


    The bureau said victims of property crime, aside from arson, lost an estimated $15.2 billion during 2009.


    Data for the FBI's annual crime report comes from 17,985 governmental units and universities and colleges representing over 96 percent of the nation's population.


    James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, said that while the downward trend is encouraging, the economy "could come back to haunt us" because of a nearly 10 percent drop per capita in police budgets in the past few years.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:16 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • Nothing in the country suprises me.
    raemommy

    Answer by raemommy at 2:25 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • rae, did you even read what she posted?
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 2:56 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • The media and politicians try and scare the crap out of people...I say both because they work hand in hand


    The would have people live in fear so they don't focus on the REAL issues we face...which is THEM and what THEY are doing


    We are fearful of each other....and we shouldn't be...


     

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:03 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • don't get it.... I'm more afraid of the government than I am of crime. Whatcha gettin at, sweet?


    The way its reported on you would think crime was UP...it isn't. Its a scare tactic

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:50 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • I can tell you though nation wide this may be true in my neighborhood it has increased.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 7:08 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

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