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(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON — The FBI said
violent and property crimes in the U.S. reported to police are
dropping despite tough economic times.
An FBI report out
Monday said violent crimes reported in the first half of 2011 were down 6.4
percent compared to the first six months of 2010.
The number of
property crimes, including burglary, larceny and vehicle theft, decreased 3.7
All four offenses
in the violent crime category — murder and non-negligent homicide, forcible
rape, robbery, and aggravated assault — decreased between the first half of
2010 and 2011. The largest drop (7.2 percent) was in cities with populations of
the biggest drop of 7.7 per cent.