Despite an ailing economy, crime in the United States dropped between 2008 and 2009, according to preliminary figures released today by the FBI. Violent crime fell 5.5 percent and property crime decreased 4.9 percent. Murders declined by 7.2 percent and robbery dropped by 8.1 percent. This was the third year in a row that violent crime fell nationally, and the fourth year in a row that property crime declined.
This new report contains raw stats for cities over 100,000 population. Sacramento exceeded the national trend, showing a 10.6 percent decrease in violent crime and 6.6 percent drop in property crime. In Elk Grove, violent crime went down 7.9 percent; property crime 4.1 percent. In Roseville, violent crime went down 0.6 percent; property crime 5.6 percent. (The number of crimes in these two cities are relatively small, so percent changes have to taken with a grain of salt.)