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Violent crime down 25 percent from decade ago

[JURIST] Violent crime in the United States is down 25 percent from a decade ago, according to the FBI annual uniform crimes report released Monday. Read the full text of Crime in the United States, 2003 [PDF]. The report, compiled from data submitted by over 17,000 law enforcement agencies representing 93% of the US population, tracks violent and property crime in the US. Violent crime, consisting of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, was down 3 percent in volume from 2002 and 25.6 percent compared to 1994. Property crime, comprised of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft, was down 0.2 percent in volume from 2002 and 14 percent compared to 1994. The FBI press release is here. At the Department of Justice, Attorney General John Ashcroft welcomed the new statistics with this statement.

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