(Reuters) – Murders and other violent crimes in the United States fell sharply in the first six months of 2010, part of a downward trend that has lasted 3-1/2 years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday.
It said preliminary January-through-June figures showed the overall number of violent crimes reported by police agencies nationwide fell 6.2 percent, with a 7.1 percent drop in murders and similar declines for rapes, robberies and assaults.
The FBI’s report did not provide any reason for the lower crime rate. But the latest numbers provided further evidence that the feared spike in crime, reflecting tough economic times and high unemployment in big cities, has not occurred.
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