Violent crime in the United States declined in 2008, due in part to a significant drop in the number of murders, according to the first available FBI figures covering the entire year.
The preliminary figures for 2008, released Monday, show that overall reported crime dropped 2.5 percent nationally from the previous year, including a 4.4 percent decline in murders.
Overall, the number of aggravated assaults declined 3.2 percent, forcible rape decreased 2.2 percent, and robbery decreased 1.1 percent.
The article explains that over the last two decades there has been a general decline in violent crime with the exception of 2005. With these latest figures the FBI is happy to report that the downward trend has resumed.
What could account for the spike in crime during 2005? How do you explain the general trend regardless of the presumed increase in firearm availability?
What's your opinion? Because these figures come from the FBI, are they trustworthy? Is it very cynical of me to even question numbers like these, from this impeccable source?
It reminds me of that time Marlo was hiding all those bodies in the vacant buildings in Baltimore or Prez learned that it's the same wherever you go.
"Juking the stats.
Makin' robberies into larcenies.
Makin' rapes disappear.
You juke the stats and majors become colonels."