violent-crime-graph-doj.jpgYou would think the lack of jobs would mean more burglaries or strong-arm robberies as some people turned to crime to get money. But that just hasn’t been the case.

For the third straight year, crime rates fell in 2009, according to data released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The preliminary numbers indicate the national violent crime rate fell 5.5. percent, while, the property crime rate fell by 4.9 percent.

In fact, all four categories of violent crime declined overall compared to 2008: robbery, down 8.1 percent; murder, down 7.2 percent; aggravated assault, down 4.2 percent; and forcible rape, fell 3.1 percent. Violent crime declined 4.0 percent in metropolitan counties and 3.0 percent in nonmetropolitan counties.

(READ More at National Public Radio)

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