New figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that the crime and murder rate in the United States continued to go down for a fifth straight year in 2011.
According to Christian Science Monitor, the FBI reported that the violent crime rate had dropped in the US by almost four percent.
According to the FBI, which gathered information, volunteered by some 14,000 law enforcement jurisdictions, from Oahu to Key West, violent crimes dropped in all four major US regions with almost 4.7 percent in the West, 4.9 percent in the Midwest, 4.5 percent in the South, and 0.8 percent in the Northeast.
According to the FBI, the national murder rate dropped by 1.9 percent.
In the property crimes categories, car thefts and larceny thefts decreased nationally, but burglaries ticked up slightly in all regions except the South, the FBI reported.
The falling crime rate amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression has puzzled some criminologists, since crime historically spikes during hard times.