While the number of violent and property crimes decreased in the United States in 2009, those crime rates increased in about half of municipalities in Westmoreland and Fayette counties, according to statistics released this week by the FBI.
Of 29 police departments listed in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, 13 had violent crimes increase, 13 experienced a decrease and three recorded no change. Fifteen departments had property crimes increase, 12 had a decrease and two showed no change.
Nationally, the FBI report shows that violent crime in the nation dropped for the third consecutive year.
There were 5.3 percent fewer reports of violent crimes and …