Violent crime in the United States decreased 5.5 percent in 2009, the third year in a row that such crime has gone down, the FBI reported Monday.
The number of murders dropped 7.2 percent while robberies fell 8.1 percent, the FBI said. The number of forcible rapes went down 3.1 percent while the number of aggravated assaults fell 4.2 percent.
Property crime declined 4.9 percent.
Police agencies around the country reported crimes to the FBI, which compiled the figures released Monday.
The agency did not offer reasons for the drop in crime.