Serious Crimes Decline for 1998, FBI Report Shows: District's Only Increase Is Rape Cases
Seper, Jerry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Incidents of serious crime - murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, vehicle theft and arson - decreased nationwide by 5 percent during the first six months of 1998, compared with the same period last year, the FBI says.
In releasing preliminary figures from its Uniform Crime Reporting program yesterday, the FBI said the drop resulted from an overall 7 percent decline in the number of reported violent crimes - murder, rape, robbery and assault - and a 5 percent drop in reports of property crimes.
The FBI said decreases were recorded for each of the violent crimes: 11 percent for robbery, 8 percent for murder, and 5 percent for aggravated assault and forcible rape. Among the property crimes, motor vehicle theft dropped by 8 percent; larceny-theft by 5 percent; and burglary by 3 percent. Arson, a property crime, decreased by 12 percent.
Cities throughout the country also recorded lower numbers of serious crime incidents during the six-month period, ranging from an 8 percent decline in cities with populations of 50,000 to 99,999, to a 3 percent drop in cities under 10,000, the FBI said. Suburban and rural counties showed decreases of 6 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
The overall crime rate also fell in every region of the country during the period. The largest decrease, 8 percent, came in the Northeast, followed by the West, which dropped 6 percent, the South by 5 percent and the Midwest by 1 percent. …