CRIME: On the Decline

At last the U.S. crime rate seems to be going down. The FBI announced last week that its preliminary 1972 figures on serious offenses showed a decline of 3%. It was the first decrease since the current system of gathering statistics was adopted in 1960.

Violent crime—murder, rape, aggravated assault—was still going up by 1%. The increase occurred principally in the West and the South, while there were declines in the Northeastern and North Central states. Nationwide, rape showed the greatest rise (11%), increasing mostly in suburban areas.

The overall decline was due to a decrease in the far larger number...

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