The economic condition of the United States might not look good these days, but American still had reasons to smile. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the violent crimes committed in the US had declined by six percent in 2010. The FBI said based on their data, property crimes committed was also down by 2.7 percent last year.
According to the data gathered by the FBI, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes and an estimated 9 million property crimes were reported last year. Crime experts said the reduction in crimes could be attributed to the aging population, better policing and continued high rates of imprisonment for criminals. The top investigating body in the US revealed robbery fell 10 percent, rape dropped 5 percent, and murder, non-negligent manslaughter and aggravated assault fell more than 4 percent.
The agency added each category of property crime offences decreased in 2010. Moreover, the FBI reported the largest reduction, 7.4 percent, was for motor vehicle thefts.
Burglaries also decreased 2 percent and larceny-thefts declined 2.4 percent. The FBI hoped violent crimes will continue the trend downward and decline next year as well. The reduction of violent crimes is also a big relief to authorities, who thought the bad economy would result in an increase of crimes committed, since most often when people are in need they usually end up committing a crime.