Crime Drops Nationally; Some Dangerous Cities Defy Trend

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NEW FBI DATA SHOWS CRIME DROPPING; SOME TOP 10 DANGEROUS DEFY TREND

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, February 18, 2014. Violent crime across the country continues its downward trend, but the results were mixed for Law Street Media’s  Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000, with only half of those cities showing a decrease in crime. Nationally, violent crime in the first six months of 2013 decreased by 5.4 percent, according to data released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Law Street Media, a website covering law and policy, released new analysis of this preliminary data for each of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000 as an update to the company’s original rankings. A notable highlight of today’s data is St. Louis, Law Street’s number three Most Dangerous City over 200,000, where violent crime declined more than 20 percent. The decrease was all the more notable because a change in how rape is reported resulted in a large increase for St. Louis in that category. Stockton, Calif., Law Street’s number five Most Dangerous City over 200,000, is a standout, with violent crime in the city declining by nearly 21 percent.

The FBI’s semiannual report covers January to June 2013 — the most recent period for which comprehensive crime statistics are available. As reported by Law Street, changes in these preliminary statistics compared with the same time period in the previous year provide key information on emerging trends in these important cities ahead of the full-year coverage of rankings that will be available this Fall. Click here for developing Crime in America 2014 coverage.

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