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The number and rate of both property and violent crimes committed across the United States fell in 2017, led by big declines in some cities hit hard in recent years by waves of violence.
Data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows 382.9 violent crimes per 100,000 U.S. residents in 2017, down from 386.6 per hundred thousand residents in 2016, about a one percent decrease.
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Property crime declined even more rapidly, to 2,362.2 crimes per 100,000 residents, a 3.6 percent decrease. Last year's property crime rate was the lowest since the late 1960s, according to FBI data and data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Robberies, murders and burglaries all declined from last year, though assaults and motor vehicle thefts rose slightly. The FBI estimated that victims of property crimes lost $15.3 billion in 2017.
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Both the number and rate of crimes committed across the country are still slightly above the recent low that was reached in 2014. But the long-term decline in crime that began in the early 1990s is still evident.
There were about 200,000 fewer violent crimes committed in 2017 than there were in 1999, even though the country's population has risen by 50 million people. The number of property crimes has dropped by more than two million in just a decade.
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