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Violent Crime Declines for Fourth Straight Year, FBI Reports

October 3, 2011

According to figures released September 19 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the estimated number of violent crimes in 2010 declined for the fourth consecutive year. Property crimes also decreased, marking this the eighth straight year that the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The 2010 statistics show that the estimated volumes of violent and property crimes declined 6.0percent and 2.7percent, respectively, when compared with the 2009 estimates. The violent crime rate for the year was 403.6 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants (a 6.5percent decrease from the 2009 rate), and the property crime rate was 2,941.9 offenses per 100,000 persons (a 3.3percent decrease from the 2009 figure).

These and additional data are presented in the 2010 edition of the FBI's annual report Crime in the UnitedStates, which provides a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

In 2010, there were 18,108 city, county, university and college, state, tribal, and federal agencies that participated in the UCR program. Among the statistics reported by these agencies:

  • Nationwide in 2010, there were an estimated 1,246,248 violent crimes.

  • Each of the four violent crime offenses decreased when compared with the 2009 estimates. Robbery had the largest decrease at 10.0 percent, followed by forcible rape with a 5.0 percent decline, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter with a 4.2percent decrease, and aggravated assault with a 4.1 percent decline.

  • Nationwide in 2010, there were an estimated 9,082,887 property crimes.

  • Each of the property crime offenses also decreased in 2010 when compared with the 2009 estimates. The largest decline, 7.4percent, was for motor vehicle thefts. The estimated number of burglaries decreased 2.0percent, and the estimated number of larceny-thefts declined 2.4percent.

  • Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) lost an estimated $15.7billion in 2010.

  • The FBI estimated that in 2010, agencies nationwide made about 13.1 million arrests, excluding traffic violations.

  • The 2010 arrest rate for violent crimes was 179.2 per 100,000 inhabitants; for property crime, the rate was 538.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • In 2010, there were 14,744 law enforcement agencies that reported their staffing levels to the FBI. These agencies reported that as of October 31, 2010, they collectively employed 705,009 sworn officers and 308,599 civilians, a rate of 3.5employees for each 1,000 inhabitants.

The full report, which includes individual city data, is available online at