News release: “According to the figures released today by the FBI, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation declined in 2009 for the third consecutive year. Property crimes also declined in 2009, marking the seventh straight year that the collective estimates for these offenses dropped below the previous years total. The 2009 statistics show that the estimated volumes of violent and property crimes declined 5.3 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively, when compared with the 2008 estimates. The violent crime rate for the year was 429.4 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants (a 6.1 percent decrease from the 2008 rate), and the property crime rate was 3,036.1 per 100,000 persons (a 5.5 percent decrease from the 2008 figure). These and additional data are presented in the 2009 edition of the FBIs annual report Crime in the United States 2009. This publication is a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBIs Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.”
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