FBI Says Violent Crime Fell in 2009, But

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The FBI reported in September that for the third straight year incidents of violent crime have declined across the United States. According to the federal police agency, violent crime declined by 5.3 percent during 2009, accompanied by a nearly five-percent drop in property crimes.

The FBI study, which is derived from nearly 18,000 reports by government departments and college campuses across the nation, found that among violent-crime statistics for 2009, murder fell by 7.3 percent, robbery by eight percent, aggravated assault by over four percent, and rape by 2.6 percent. Nationally, approximately 1.3 million violent crimes were reported last year, which breaks down to less than 430 crimes for every 100,000 individuals.

As for property crimes, vehicle theft declined by slightly more than 17 percent, larceny by four percent, and burglary by 1.3 percent.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to tie the most recent crime decline to "investments in law enforcement" made by the Obama administration as part of its broad-ranging "economic stimulus" tax giveaway. "In 2009, the Obama administration provided over four billion dollars in support to law enforcement and criminal justice initiatives through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," noted Holder, "including one billion in COPS funding to keep police officers on the street," boasting that in all, "These investments have helped maintain public safety and encourage new criminal justice innovations in state and local jurisdictions across the country. …