Largest fluctuation in decade of crime coincides with economic downturn
by Amanda Ryker and Jessica Loeding
Apr 15, 2012 | 1913 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In criminology, there are theories about the factors that affect a location's crime rate - the "broken windows" theory, changes in the economy, population increases and even demographic shifts.

Last fall, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline, while property crime was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent. According to the FBI, violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes are burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Locally, law enforcement reported a slightly different trend in the same time period.

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