May 24th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

FBI stats: Violent crime down

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.

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  1. Brain

    If this is true, then why does it seem like there has been more crime. I know for a fact that people in my neighborhood have stopped reporting thefts because the police have said that they don't have time to deal with it.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. diaryofatiredblackman

    Its so tough to measure crime because you have to rely on ppl to report it. Like you said Brain, crime may be on the rise in your hood but if ppl dont report it the statistics wont represent it.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sumday

    It always make me pause for a moment when they report things that are 180 degrees opposite from my experience. My city just reported that the murder rate is higher this year. Also as I read the headlines it seems there is much more crime. I wonder how accurate these stat's are? Or if they don't just lie to try and keep the masses still? Do you think they could release the data for independent verification? Perhaps with the cut backs they don't have the same number of police agencies reporting their crimes.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      You can't base crime statistics on media coverage. News media loves to show crime stories because it scares people into watching.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Irving

    Any word on how things are going in Detroit?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tom

    crime is down, that is the biggest BS that i have heard lately. all you have to do is open the paper or read the net daily everyday to know that is not true. stay armed, stay safe.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      The entire point of the newspaper and TV news is to get people to read/watch. They do that by having the most outrageous, shocking, or fear-inducing content they can find. Of course there is nothing but crime and death in the news. That is all they report now to keep their ratings.

      However, I do find it a bit odd that crime would be decreasing during a time of economic recession and high unemployment.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Vishak

    Its not that crime is down, but its that our society is more reluctant to report it.... People are less willing to call the police now than ever!! People trust the police less now than ever, and people respect the police less now than ever. In the 1800s the sheriff would save the day! Now a bunch of white cops gang up on unarmed black men and stomp them nearly to death...

    May 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      I agree with you that people are now more reluctant to report crimes to cops now days, because of the time it takes police to come. However, you have to be the most ignorant person that has commented on this story. Maybe if the "unarmed black men you are referring too would answer general questions instead of giving additude or running from the police, then maybe just maybe they would not get hassled and be let go to go home to their family.

      May 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Manuel

    If criminals were smart they would vote for GUN CONTROLL so that all of the HONEST people will become disarmed SITTING DUCKS for the CRIMINALS.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher

    Criminals cannot vote in most states, Manuel (which I disagree with) so what is your point!

    To Vishak.... yes, crime is down. It is not just that people are less willing to report crime (if they even really are), it is that the crime rates have dropped substantially in most of the United States because there actually is less crime.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      Only people convicted of a felony cannot vote. Plenty of criminals can and do vote. Even if someone is criminal, that does not mean that they have been arrested, tried, and convicted in a court of law. Many criminals have never even been suspected of their crimes.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. ruffnutt

    crime is down cause crimals cant afford the gas to go rob places..

    May 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Manuel

    Christopher I agree with you that criminals should be able to vote for criminals. And I also agree with you that crime rates have dropped because there is less crime. Bravo!

    May 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bigbill427

    They must have missed D.C...

    May 25, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Lies......and more lies.....from this administration.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. barbara

    I wonder what our stats would look like if we had no illegals It would be on the way to squeaky clean

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      One things for sure, if there were no illegal immagrants in the U.S., there would be a dramactic decrease in the hit and runs that are occuring daily.

      May 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Solo

    Crime rate dropped? hahahaha hilararious. This is the year where 4 police officers are shot in a coffee shop in Tacoma (lakewood is a neighborhood of tacoma), 1 cop shot in Seattle) 2 police are killed in Arkansas, and more kids have been kidnapped and discovered torn apart than I can remember in the past. Maybe crime has dropped in nice white neighborhoods and suburban cities but big city life is worse than ever. Higher unemployment in a densely populated area. It's a fact police are prosecuting less and less drug crimes (especially small amounts) due to the fact we dont have the room in our correctiaonal facilities to house the massive number of addicts in the country ( because we really are all criminal we are a nation of criminal let's not be naive. We just vary in our level of criminality). People are calling police less because police are losing there resources to police and they are also losing the room to place incarcerate criminals so people dont call because hell, the police aren't gonna do anything anyways. Our nation is in moral decline, but hey, it's the American Way

    May 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Primal550

    Well, sometimes is costs money to plan crimes. With the economy the way it is, maybe some people are trying to save up until they can afford to commit a crime......or switching over to armed robbery. Can we get percentage of that? LOL!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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