Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts

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Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts  by Richard A. Oppel, Jr. The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year,  to   what   appeared   to   be   the   lowest   in   nearly   40   years,   a   development   that   was  considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that  crime would increase during a recession. In all regions, the country appears to be safer.  The odds of being murdered or  robbed are now less than ½ of what they were in the early 1990s, when violent crime  peaked in the United States.  Small towns, especially, are seeing far fewer murders: In  cities with populatins under 10,000, the number plunged by more than 25 percent last  year. The news was not as positive in New York City, however.  After leading a long  decline in crime rates, the city saw increases in all four types of violent lawbreaking –  murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault – including a nearly 14 percent rise in  murders.  But the data from the past few months suggest the city’s upward trend may  have slowed or stopped. Criminology experts said they were surprised and impressed by the national  numbers, issued on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and based on data  from more than 13,000 law-enforcement agencies.  They said the decline nationally in  the number of violent crimes, by 5.5 percent, raised the question, at least in some 
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 290 taught by Professor Jeffwilhelms during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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