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Crimes falls in 2008 across the nation

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 1, 2009 at 9:44 am with No Comments »
June 1, 2009 9:44 am

The FBI released a preliminary report today on the crime trends from last year in the country. You can find specifics here.

Here’s the report from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says violent crime dropped in 2008 in the United States, falling 2.5 percent compared to the previous year.

Property crimes also fell, by 1.6 percent, according to the preliminary data collected by the FBI. Nationwide, murder and manslaughter dropped 4.4 percent.

There were some increases, though. In small cities with less than 10,000 residents, murder rose 5.5 percent, rape increased 1.4 percent, and robbery 3.9 percent. Across the country, car thefts dropped more than 13 percent.

The western region of the country saw the biggest declines, with a 4.2 percent drop in property crime and a 3.4 percent drop in violent crime. The Northeast saw a slight increase in property crime, which went up by 1.6 percent.

As previously reported in The News Tribune, crime in dropped in the state in 2008 but increased slightly in Tacoma and Pierce County. Here’s my story from mid-May.

Crime dropped throughout the state last year, but increased slightly in Tacoma and unincorporated Pierce County, according to preliminary statistics released this week by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Statewide, violent crime fell 1 percent and property crime dropped 6.2 percent between 2007 and 2008.

The violent crimes that are counted are murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults. The property crimes are burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

In Tacoma, overall crime rose 2.1 percent despite a drop in violent crime. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department saw a 0.2 percent increase in overall crime despite handling fewer property crimes.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies reported more homicides and robberies. There were fewer robberies, thefts and arsons.

The most prominent change came in car thefts, which dropped nearly 25 percent, according to the report. Law enforcement agencies handled 27,730 motor vehicle thefts in 2008, down from 36,932 in 2007.

The report included these other statistics:

&bull $329,005,833: the value of the property stolen in 2008, down 7.1 percent from 2007 when it was $354,106,974.

&bull $104,666,693: the value of the property recovery in 2008, down 24.7 percent from 2007 when the value was $138,922,219.

&bull 886: the number of law enforcement officers assaulted last year, down 4.1 percent from the 924 in 2007.

&bull 235: the number of incidents involving criminal offenses of hate or bias crimes that were reported last year. This was an increase of 26.7 percent over 2007.

&bull 42,500 domestic-violence crimes were reported in 2008. That was a decrease of 11.7 percent from 2007.

An agency-by-agency breakdown of reported crime statistics is available at

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