Violent Crime Drops for Fourth Straight Year

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Crime incidents continue to drop nationwide, according to a new report released today by the FBI.

Overall, the estimated volume of violent crimes in 2010 dropped 6 percent compared to 2009, the fourth consecutive year it has declined. Property crime dropped 2.7 percent, the eighth straight year of decline.

Criminologists said an aging population, better policing and continued high rates of imprisonment help to drive down crime rates.

Robbery fell 10 percent, rape dropped 5 percent, and murder, non-negligent manslaughter and aggravated assault each fell more than 4 percent.

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Statistics released in May revealed that violent crime in Boise had dropped by more than 10 percent in 2010, compared to 2009.

In the Sept. 7 issue of BW, we learned that new methods are being introduced to the Boise Police Department, including an accomodation registry, in which officers assess best/worst methods of calming a suspect down. The information is being shared with the Ada County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement across the Treasure Valley.