FBI: Violent crime, property crime down in 2010

Violent crime and property crimes decreased in 2010, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s "Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report."

The report, which was released on Monday, found that there was a 5.5 percent decrease in violent crimes and a 2.8 percent decline in property crimes across the country in 2010 when compared to figures from 2009.

All four regions of the country saw an overall decrease in violent crime, which includes the categories of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The South saw the biggest decrease (7.5 percent), followed by the Midwest (5.9 percent), West (5.8 percent) and the Northeast (0.4 percent).

The South also saw the biggest reduction in property crimes (3.8 percent), followed by the Midwest (2.7 percent), the West (2.5 percent) and the Northeast (0.5 percent). According to the FBI, property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

Though crime overall decreased in 2010, the report noted a few specific increases. In the Northeast, murder and burglary were up 8.3 percent and 3.5 percent respectively over 2009. Also, cities with populations of 250,000 to 499,999 saw a 3 percent rise in murder, while cities with populations between 25,000 and 49,999 saw a 1.3 percent increase in burglary.

The FBI’s full "Crime in the United States" report will be released later this year.