The FBI announced this week that violent crime has continued to fall across the U.S. in recent years, along with other categories such as arson and burglary.
In its annual report on nationwide crime trends, the FBI cited a 7.3 percent drop in murders between 2008 and 2009, while aggravated assault was down 4.2 percent for that period.
Other types of crime posted even more substantial declines, added the federal law enforcement agency. For example, motor vehicle thefts fell 17.1 percent last year, arson was down 10.8 percent and burglary was down 1.3 percent. This data comes despite difficult economic times that historically have been more conducive to crime.
The FBI also noted that of the 13.7 million arrests recorded in 2009, 581,765 were for violent crimes - with 15,241 involving murders.
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