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.