The 2010 National Violent Crime Rate has dropped by 6.5 percent, compared to the year prior, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nationally, there were declines for murder, sexual assault, robbery, and car theft. It is the a noticeable decline for the fourth straight year.
The property crime rate, which includes motor vehicle theft and burglary, dropped 3.3 percent compared with 2009, according to the bureau.
“Our federal law enforcement agents continue to make progress on one of our core objectives — fighting violent crime across this country,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
According to the Crime Victimization Survey released annually by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2010 violent crimes dropped about 13% among U.S. residents ages 12 or older. All four categories of violent crime surveyed — robbery, forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault — decreased in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to the FBI.
That report is based on a survey of U.S. households and does not include murder or other crimes resulting in death. Property crimes also decreased, marking this the eighth straight year that the collective estimates for these offenses declined.
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rates fell by 4.2 percent and rape was down 5 percent compared with 2009, according to the FBI. Their annual Crime in the United States report is based on data supplied by 18,108 government agencies and academic institutions.