Violent Crime Fell in 2011 in Fifth Annual Drop, U.S Says

The estimated number of violent crimes reported to authorities in the U.S. declined in 2011 for the fifth consecutive year, according to the FBI.

The violent crime rate fell 3.8 percent compared with the year before, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said today in an annual report on its website. The property crime rate, which includes motor vehicle theft and burglary, dropped 0.5 percent compared with 2010, according to the bureau.

All four categories of violent crime surveyed -- robbery, forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault -- decreased in 2011 compared with the previous year, according to the data compiled from voluntary reporting by law enforcement agencies.

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter fell by 0.7 percent and rape was down 2.5 percent compared with 2010, according to the FBI. Robbery had the largest decrease, falling 4 percent when compared to 2010, according to the bureau.

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