Violent Crime Rate Down in Several Cities
Mid-Atlantic region still grappling with rising murder rate
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 10:33 AM CST
Crime scene tape blocks the entrance to the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church in Neosho, Mo., Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The crime surge of the last two years seems to be petering out, according to a new study by a police research group. The 2005-2006 rise in violent crime rates had been the first sustained jump in over a decade, but the new report shows that the numbers of murders, robberies and aggravated assaults are down in major jurisdictions in the first half of this year.

 Violent crime dropped in Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Houston, Denver and Minneapolis, among other cities, according to the Police Executive Research Forum. But the results aren't all positive: the mid-Atlantic region is still grappling with rising crime, with murder rates up in Baltimore, Maryland's Prince George's County and Washington.