The FBI released the Preliminary Seminannual Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of 2013 on Tuesday. According to the statistics found in the report, all of the offenses in the violent crime category—including murder, forcible rape, assault, and robbery—showed a significant decrease in early 2013 from the same period in 2012. This drop in violent crime coincided with one of the largest booms for gun sales in recent history.
The FBI report was compiled with data submitted by 12,723 law enforcement agencies in the United States for the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Compared to 2012, the first half of 2013 was marked by an across-the-board decrease in crime. The numbers of murders in January to June 2013 decreased by 6.9 percent, forcible rapes declined by 10.6 percent, aggravated assaults declined by 6.6 percent, and robberies by 1.8 percent. Arson and property crime also plummeted in 2013.
You can view the FBI report here.
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