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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Crime Rates Decline in Early '04, FBI says

FbilogoThe FBI reported yesterday that in the first six months of '04, murder rates across the country dropped 6% compared to the same time period in '03.  Violent crime, which includes murders, rape,  robbery  and  aggravated  assault, declined 2%.  Property crimes dropped by 2%, and arson fell 7%.  Rape increased by 1.4%, however.  CrimProf James Lynch at American said the drop in crime is related to measures taken by Homeland Security, "You’re  after  terrorists,  but  you’re  picking  up  other  things," he commented to the Washington Post.  For more, go to p. 5 of the Washington Post here.   [Mark Godsey]

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