Crime Rates Declined During 2009, Following the General Trend of the Last Decade

Crime Rates Declined During 2009, Following the General Trend of the Last Decade

Crime Rates Declined During 2009, Following the General Trend of the Last Decade

The rate of violent crime and property crime has continually dropped over the last ten years, including I 2009. The number of violent crimes dropped from 19 per 1,000 persons to 17, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This part of the U.S. Department of Justice creates statistical studies of the national crime rates to better understand how police programs, community outreach, and other groups are working to prevent crime.

Violent crime was as high as 51.2 victims per 1,000 persons during 1994, and since then has dropped. Violent crime rates are at their lowest since the bureau began collecting data in 1973. Property crime rates have also steadily fallen, from 553 per 1,000 households in 1975 to 124.4 per 1,000 households in 2009. These numbers add up to 4.3 million violent crimes, including rape, sexual assualt, and aggravated assault per year, along with 15.6 million property crimes. This number is an estimate that includes speculation on unreported crimes.

One change in the types of crime being committed is that men were more likely than women in 2009 to be the victims of violent crime. 70% of violent crimes against female victims were committed by friends, family members, or significant others. Victims reported nearly half of all crimes that took place to police, with robbery, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault the most well reported.

This information was taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the federal government. Crimes that are not reported to the police are collected through in-person interviews with a group of more than 50,000 citizens. Overall, crime has declined greatly over the past decade and even more so over the last thirty years. Only eight percent of violent crimes committed in 2009 involved a firearm, meaning the risk of gun violence is falling as well.


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