Crime Decreases in 2007

June 10, 2008 09:40 AM
by Josh Katz
On Monday, June 9, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released the preliminary results detailing the U.S. crime statistics for 2007. The numbers show a decline in crime.

30-Second Summary

Violent crime and property crime decreased nationwide in 2007, according to the FBI’s statistics. Violent crime fell 1.4 percent from 2006, a change from the two prior years of increase. “Arson—tracked separately from other property crimes—also fell 7.0 percent from 2006.”

All categories of violent crime were also down: “forcible rape (down 4.3 percent), murder/non-negligent manslaughter (down 2.7 percent), and robbery and aggravated assault (each down 1.2 percent),” the FBI states.

The decrease in violent crime was not uniform throughout the country, however. The numbers fell for the Midwest, West and Northeast, while they rose slightly in the South.

In addition, violent crime tended to diminish in major cities, as cities with over 1 million residents reported a 9.8 percent fall in murders. Small cities, on the other hand, have shown increases. The FBI report says, “violent crime actually increased 1.8 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 1.9 percent in cities with populations ranging from 10,000 to 24,999."

The recent FBI statistics come about three months after the Pew Center on the States indicated that for the first time, 1 in every 100 Americans was in prison. The U.S. prison population is the largest in the world, and a disproportionate number of those are minorities.

Also, at the end of May news surfaced regarding an “epidemic” of child prostitution in Oakland, Calif. The practice can also be found elsewhere in the United States, and former Washington Congresswoman Linda Smith said, “At least 100,000 American citizens under 18 are being sold for sex."

Headline Link: Crime declines in the United States

Related Link: Prison population hits record; child prostitution in Oakland

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Reference: The complete report


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