FBI: Violent crime decreasing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI says violent crime is on the downswing.

Data released Monday show violent crime dipped slightly nationwide in 2007. That ended two years of increases in murders, robberies, and other kinds of the worst crime in U.S. cities.

An estimated 1.4 million violent crimes were reported across the country last year -- a .07 drop from 2006.

The number of burglaries, car thefts, arsons and other property crimes also dropped by 1.4 percent. That marked the fifth straight year of property crime decreases, the FBI said.

Mayors across the nation have pleaded for years for more federal funding to combat violent crime that began to rise after historic lows during the Clinton administration.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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