The estimated number of violent crimes reported to authorities in the U.S. declined in 2011 for the fifth consecutive year, according to the FBI.
The violent crime rate fell 3.8 percent compared with the year before, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said today in an annual report on its website. The property crime rate, which includes motor vehicle theft and burglary, dropped 0.5 percent compared with 2010, according to the bureau.
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