FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report


June 14, 2012

A recent FBI report shows a decrease in violent crime across the country.


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Mollie Halpern: A recent FBI report shows a decrease in violent crime across the country.

John Strong: It can be seen as a testament to the good work our law enforcement partners have done across the country.

Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week. In 2011, violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault decreased by 4 percent when compared to data from the year before. Property crime showed a decline by nearly 1 percent. John Strong, the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, advises against drawing conclusions from the report.

Strong: We don’t analyze the statistics to determine what caused the drop—we leave that to the social scientists.

Halpern: The FBI gathered the data from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies who voluntarily submitted it.

Strong: Violent crime remains a priority in the FBI, and we continue to work with our state, local, and federal partners in a joint task force setting in our field offices across the country to address our most pressing crime problems.

Halpern: Visit www.fbi.gov for more information.

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