Violent Crime Fell in 2008, FBI Says
Property crimes also fell, by 1.6 percent, according to the preliminary data collected by the FBI. Nationwide, murder and manslaughter dropped 4.4 percent.
There were some increases, though. In small cities with less than 10,000 residents, murder rose 5.5 percent, rape increased 1.4 percent, and robbery 3.9 percent. Across the country, car thefts dropped more than 13 percent.
The western region of the country saw the biggest declines, with a 4.2 percent drop in property crime and a 3.4 percent drop in violent crime. The Northeast saw a slight increase in property crime, which went up by 1.6 percent.