Crime Down For Seventh Year
May 17, 1999
Serious crime declined for the seventh straight year, according to preliminary figures for 1998 from the Justice Department.
- Overall, the number of serious crimes and property offenses reported fell 7 percent last year.
- That includes an 11 percent fall off in robberies and a 10 drop in vehicle thefts.
- Murders fell 8 percent, while rape and aggravated assaults were both down by 5 percent.
- Arson was lower by 7 percent and larceny-thefts were down 6 percent.
Final figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program -- based on data from 17,000 city, county and state law enforcement authorities -- are due to be released in the fall.
Source: Cassandra Burrell (AP), "FBI Figures Show Crime Decline," USA Today, May 17, 1999.
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