Violent crime falls in Philly, according to FBI stats

    While violent crime has increased nationwide, Philadelphia is seeing both violent and property crime declines, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    FBI stats show there has been a 2.3 percent drop in reported violent offenses in Philadelphia and 4.4 percent fewer property crimes. Some highlights:

    robberies fell from 8,246 to 7984
    theft fell from 40,113 to 38,592
    motor vehicle theft saw the sharpest fall from 7,447 to 6,401

    Philadelphia did, however, see a rise in murder and forcible rape rates; the latter may be higher to police departments’ use of a wider definition of the crime.


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