How was 2010 for crime? According to the FBI, initial data from January through June 2010 is indicating a 6.2 drop in violent crime and a 2.8 decrease in the property crimes. Those percentage drops are based on a comparison to reported crimes in the same period of data for 2009, and is part of the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report.
The South saw the largest drop in reported violent crimes for the period, with a decrease of 7.8 percent. The Midwest and the West were both down 7.2 percent, while the Northeast saw a decline of only .2 percent in reported violent crimes. The Northeast saw increases in murder (up 5.7 percent), forcible rapes (up 1.1 percent) and aggravated assaults (up 2.4 percent).
The South was also the big winner in terms of declines of property crimes, with a decrease of 3.6 percent. The West saw a decrease of 3.1 percent, and the Midwest saw a drop of 2.5 percent. The Northeast saw a negligible decrease of only .2 percent, compounded with burglar increasing almost 4 percent. In terms of the decreases in property crimes, there was a significant drop nationally in motor vehicle thefts, with reported incidents down almost 10 percent. Burglaries overall were down 1.4 percent.
Security professionals wanting to examine FBI crime data in more depth can use the FBI's UCR Data Tool, which allows individuals to run queries on these crime numbers, but unfortunately the preliminary data from the first half of 2010 is not yet part of this tool. Fortunately, you can access the full (preliminary) data for the first half of 2010 from the FBI.