According to the 2008 FBI data crime statistics for cities in the U.S. shows that crime fell in large cities but grew in small towns. As you may remember, last year the country faced a housing bubble burst, banks going under, lending frozen and car companies looking for a bailout.
With the bad economy starting in 2008 and continuing into 2009, experts were concerned that crime may increase throughout the U.S. However, according to the 2008 statistics, violent crime nationwide dropped by 2.5 percent. Property crimes also fell by 1.6 percent.
However, cities with more than 1 million people saw murders fall by 4.3 percent as well as cities with 500,000 to 1 million people saw murders fall by nearly 8 percent. However, small towns with fewer than 10,000 residents saw murders rise 5.5 percent and rape increased by 1.4 percent as well as robbery at 3.9 percent. There was no reason given for this increase in crime in small towns.
The FBI crime statistics also broke down crime according to regions throughout the U.S. The northeast region saw a rise in property crimes by 1.6 percent but the remaining regions saw a decrease between 1.7 and 4.2 percent in both violent crime and property crime.
Even though the downturn in the economy has hurt most of us, at least we experienced less crime that made us feel safer in our lives.