FBI: Violent Crime Near Historic Low
Crime rate dropping despite economic downturn
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2012 3:02 AM CDT
Updated Jun 12, 2012 3:28 AM CDT
Murder rates in small towns jumped 18.3% in 2011 after the previous year's 23.1% decline, even as violent crimes rate fell elsewhere.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – The violent crime rate in the US dropped for the fifth straight year in 2011, and is approaching a low not seen in decades, according to new FBI data. The overall violent crime rate fell 4%, with murders down 1.9%, and rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults down 4%—although murders in small towns with fewer than 10,000 people surged 18%, CNN reports. Despite the economic downturn, property crimes like burglary were down 8%, a small decline but the ninth consecutive annual one, Reuters notes.

The fall in violent crime is because of a combination of factors, including better policing, an older population, and the tendency of communities to pull together when faced with a crisis like the economic downturn, a University of Maryland criminology professor tells MSNBC. "We also have a record number of immigrants, and, contrary to popular belief, immigrants have lower crime rates than the rest of society," he says. But the FBI figures show that violent crime began to edge upward toward the end of 2011, and experts warn that the low crime rate should not cause agencies to ease crime-fighting efforts.

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Jun 13, 2012 12:33 AM CDT
If this article by the FBI isn't the biggest bunch of bullshit yet, then i don't know what is!!!! Look around you (If you live in certain areas, and cities) and just click on the news, and it will seriously tell you otherwise!! Maybe the fbi meant to sat Amsterdam, and not America or something, but just in Chicago just this weekend ALONE there were like 12 homicides, and 38 other people injured in the progress of a violent crime!! And they are REALLY trying to tell us the crime rate is down??!! Damn i guess the government does think all of us Americans are really that stupid, blind, and deaf!!!!
Jun 12, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
what is up with this? the crime tape is in english and hebrew!
Jun 12, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
The biggest drop in crime ever observed in America was exactly 18 years after Roe v Wade was passed. http://www.freakonomics.com/2005/05/15/abortion-and-crime-who-should-you-believe/