26 September 2005

Violent Crime At A Thirty Two Year Low

The details:

Though no significant declines were observed between 2003 and 2004, the average annual violent crime rates for the period 2003- 2004 were lower than crime rates for the previous period 2001- 2002.

The rate of every major violent and property crime measured by the survey (rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft) fell significantly between 1993 and 2004. Victimization rates for every major type of crime measured were unchanged from 2003 to 2004.

-- From 1993 through 2004, the violent crime rate fell 57 percent and the property crime rate declined by 50 percent.

-- The number of violent crimes decreased from an estimated 11 million in 1993 to 5.2 million in 2004.

-- Since 1993, a decline in violent crime victimization has occurred across every racial and ethnic group, and income level measured.

-- Preliminary murder estimates for 2004 from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports indicate the number of murders decreased 3.6 percent from 2003. This is about the same per capita rate as that of the mid-1960s.

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