January 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Fbi: Violent Crime Continues To Drop

Compiled From Wire Services

Paced by a falling rate in the largest cities, violent crime continued to drop in much of the nation in the first half of last year, the FBI reports. Murder was down by 7 percent, while robbery and aggravated assault both fell 5 percent.

The statistics, in an FBI report scheduled for release today, showed a 3 percent overall decrease in reported serious crime during the first six months of 1996. Burglaries dropped by 5 percent; motor vehicle theft, 4 percent and larceny-theft, 1 percent. Arson was the only offense to show an increase, 2 percent.

Eight cities with populations of more than a million boasted a 6 percent drop in serious crimes over the same period in 1995. There was no change for cities of a half-million to one million population.

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