Violent Crime Fell 6% Last Year in US, Boosting 4-Year Decline

Despite economic turmoil in the country, violent crime in the United States declined 6.5% last year, according to statistics released by the FBI today.

The 2010 figures showed a continued decline in violence that began decades ago and has been uninterrupted since 2006. Figures in 2009 showed a drop of 5.3% in total violent crime from the previous year. From 1997 to 2006, violent crime dropped a total of 13%.

Experts can only speculate on why the crime rate continues a steep decline. Possibilities include stepped-up community policing, government programs targeted at youth and programs aimed to reduce recidivism in newly released prison inmates.



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