Statistics released in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal declines in both the violent crime and the property crime reported in the first six months of 2013 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2012. The report is based on information from 12,723 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2012 and 2013.
- All of the offenses in the violent crime category—murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery—showed decreases when data from the first six months of 2013 were compared with data from the first six months of 2012. The number of murders declined 6.9 percent, the number of forcible rapes declined 10.6 percent, aggravated assaults decreased 6.6 percent, and robbery offenses decreased 1.8 percent.
- Violent crime decreased in all city groupings in the first six months of 2013 when compared to figures for the same period in 2012. The largest decrease, 9.2 percent, was noted in cities with fewer than 10,000 in population.
- Violent crime decreased 10.5 percent in nonmetropolitan counties and 3.6 percent in metropolitan counties.
- Violent crime decreased in each of the nation’s four regions. The largest decrease, 7.4 percent, was noted in the Midwest, followed by 5.9 percent in the South, 4.3 percent in the Northeast, and 3.7 percent in the West.
- All three offenses in the property crime category—burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft—showed decreases in the number of offenses from January to June 2013 when compared with data for the same months of 2012. Burglary offenses decreased 8.1 percent. There was a 4.7 percent decrease in the number of larceny-theft offenses and a 3.2 percent decrease in motor vehicle thefts.
- Each of the six city population groups had decreases in the overall number of property crimes. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations under 10,000 inhabitants reported the largest decrease, 9.0 percent.
- Property crime decreased 12.0 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 7.4 percent in metropolitan counties.
- All four regions reported decreases in the number of property crime: 9.3 percent in the Midwest, 8.1 percent in the Northeast, and 5.5 percent in the South. Property crime declined 0.3 percent in the West.
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