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September 16, 2013

FBI releases 2012 crime statistics showing stability in relatively low crime rates

12violentcrimeoffensefigureAs explained in this official press release, today the FBI released its accounting of 2012 crime in the United States based on its "statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)  program."  And here are the highlights of this data:

The FBI estimated that in 2012, the number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent, according to the figures released today.  However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses, collectively.

The 2012 statistics show that the estimated rate of violent crime was 386.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,859.2 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants.  While the violent crime rate remained virtually unchanged when compared to the 2011 rate, the property crime rate declined 1.6 percent.

I tend not to get too moved by year-to-year variations in these crime statistics, but long-term patterns are always worth noting.  And the violent crime data reported here (and via the graph reprinted above), remain encouraging: "When considering 5- and 10-year trends, the 2012 estimated violent crime total was 12.9 percent below the 2008 level and 12.2 below the 2003 level."

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