Detroit Still one of Nation's Most Violent Cities

FBI: Violent Crime Rates Declined in Detroit in 2010

FBI: Violent Crime Rates Declined in Detroit in 2010

May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (My TV20 News at 10) --- The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the number of violent crimes and property crimes in Detroit declined in 2010 compared to 2009.

But among cities with a population of one-hudnred thousand or more, Detroit still ranked the second most violent city in the country. Flint was first.

According to the The FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, violent crime in Detroit dropped from 18,094 instances in 2009 to 16,976 instances in 2010 (6.2 percent decrease). The city's murder total also decreased, going from 363 in 2009 to 310 last year.

Property crime numbers also dropped in Detroit. In 2009, 50,929 property crimes were reported. In 2010, the number was 47,787.

The only increases in reported crimes in Detroit were forcible rape (405 in 2010 compared to 334 in 2009) and arson (1,082 in 2010 compared to 636 in 2009).

Nationally, the report shows a 5.5-percent decrease in the number of reported violent crimes in 2010 compared to 2009. A 2.8-percent decrease in property crimes was also reported nationally.

The report is based on information submitted by more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. Crimes covered include: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

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