FBI Releases 2009 Crime Statistics

FBI Releases 2009 Crime Statistics

FBI Releases 2009 Crime Statistics

On Monday, the FBI released the estimated violent crime figures for 2009.  For the third straight year, the number of violent crimes fell, and for the seventh straight year, the number of property crimes fell.

The estimated statistics from 2009 show that violent crimes fell by 5.3%, while property crimes dropped by 4.6% across the nation.  The data is gathered from 17,985 local law enforcement agencies participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR).  Agencies taking part in the collection of data represent 96.3% of the United States population.

The report stated that there were more than 1.3 million violent crimes reported in 2009, while there were 9.3 million property crimes reported in the U.S.  According the FBI, violent crimes consisted of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.  The report notes that property crimes consist of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  However, reports of arson are not included in the property crime data because of the small level of participating law enforcement agencies providing data.

It was estimated that property crime victims, not including arson, lost over $15.2 billion in property during 2009.  Meanwhile, the report also indicated that there were over 13.7 million arrests across the nation in 2009, excluding traffic arrests.

The report, Crime in the United States, is often used for compiling data concerning the safety of cities and regions in the United States.  The FBI warns that people should not take the safety rankings as gospel, as they provide no useful insight into the safety of a city or region due to the number of variables involved in the cases.  The agency has said that the rankings are far too simplistic, and can often lead to misleading perceptions about a town or area.


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