Violent and property crime in Tacoma dropped last year, mirroring a national trend.
Violent crime – murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, decreased more than 3 percent, going from 2,008 incidents in 2008 to 1,943 in 2009, according to a preliminary report issued Monday by the FBI. Property crime – burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson – fell more than 7 percent, going from 15,110 incidents in 2008 to 13,962 in 2009.
The preliminary report only listed crimes in cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Besides Tacoma, Bellevue, Seattle, Spokane and Vancouver were listed in Monday’s report. A more detailed report is expected later this year.
Nationally, violent and property crime each declined about 5 percent, bucking a historical trend that links rising crime rates to economic woes. And it was the third straight year of declines, and this year¹s drops were even steeper than those of 2007 and 2008.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.