Crime Down For 3rd Straight Year, Even During Recession

(FBI graphic)

There’s been a much-observed tendency to link periods of rising economic distress with increasing crime rates.  But we may have to rethink that, given the pattern in the national data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  For the third straight year and during the Great Recession, crime rates have fallen.  All four categories of violent crime declined overall, as well as overall categories of property crime and arson.



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