Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Major U.S. Crimes Drop, Except for Rape

The FBI is reporting that the nation's overall violent crime level is the lowest in 30 years with all major crime catagories showing a decline, except for rape.

There were 391 less murders nationwide in 2004 than the year before -- a decline of 3% and the lowest rate since 1965.

The four major violent crimes - murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- declined from 1.38 million in 2003 to 1.37 million in 2004. That's a 2% decrease in the violent crime rate -- the lowest since 1974.

The three major property crimes -- burglary, auto theft and larceny-theft -- declined from 10.42 million to 10.33 million in 2004.

Rape was the only one of the crimes to show an increase, up 0.8% to 94,635 crimes, but the rate of rape declined 0.2 percent to 32.2 per 100,000 people.

However, the Justice Department reports that just half of all violent crimes and less than 40 percent of property crimes are reported to the police. Despite the decrease -- which is a good thing -- you still need to be on your guard at all times.


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