October 19, 2008

FBI Releases 2007 Crime Statistics

After rising for two straight years, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation declined from the previous year’s total. The declining trend continued for property crimes, as those offenses were down for the fifth year in a row.

Statistics released in September by the FBI show that the estimated volume of violent crime was down 0.7 percent, and the estimated volume of property crime decreased 1.4 percent in 2007 when compared with 2006 figures. The estimated rate of violent crime was 466.9 occurrences per 100,000 inhabitants (a 1.4 percent decrease from the 2006 rate), and the estimated rate of property crime was 3,263.5 per 100,000 inhabitants (a 2.1 percent decline).

The FBI presented these data in the 2007 edition of Crime in the United States, a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data as reported by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. The FBI collected these data via the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

Highlight: The number of justifiable homicides committed by police and private citizens has been rising in the past two years to their highest levels in more than a decade.

The 391 killings by police that were ruled justifiable in 2007 were the most since 1994, FBI statistics show. The 254 killings by private individuals found to be self-defense were the most since 1997.

The FBI says a homicide committed by a private citizen is justified when a person is slain during the commission of a felony, such as a burglary or robbery. Police are justified, the FBI says, when felons are killed while the officer is acting in the line of duty. Rulings on these deaths are usually made by the local police agencies involved.

A summary of the crime statistics presented in Crime in the United States, 2007 follows:

* There were an estimated 1,408,337 violent crimes reported nationwide in 2007.

* All four of the violent crime offenses declined in 2007 when compared with figures from 2006. The estimated number of forcible rapes declined 2.5 percent; the estimated number of murders and nonnegligent manslaughters dropped 0.6 percent; and the estimated number of aggravated assaults also decreased by 0.6 percent. The estimated number of robberies decreased 0.5 percent in 2007 when compared with 2006 data.

* The FBI estimated that law enforcement agencies nationwide made 14,209,365 arrests in 2007, excluding those for traffic offenses.

* The arrest rate for violent crime was 200.2 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants; for property crime, the rate was 544.1 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants.

* The rate of arrests for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in 2007 was 4.5 per 100,000 in population. The rate of arrests for forcible rape was 7.7; for robbery, 42.9; and for aggravated assault, 145.1.

Comments (7)

I am a person that believes whole-heartedly that it is a person's God-given right to defend themselves. And I believe with that right comes the right to be able to use the best means possible of doing so. And unless we do something to strip ourselves of that right then that right should not be infringed!
ex.(commit an intentional felony, have a mental illness)
Justin Keatts

Posted by: aGoodstat | March 8, 2009 10:22 AM    Report this comment

The death of a child is one of the most horrific tragedies in then world, but this death was caused by parental negligence, not by the availability of firearms. There are more children killed by abuse, parental neglect caused by drug use, drownings in swimming pools, toilets, and buckets of water plus the astronomic amount of child deaths caused by motor vehicles. The answer is not banning of these items, but by swift and harsh punishment of the responsible partys involved with the death of the child. People are the problem not the instruments which are incapible of doing any harm without the intervention of criminals and idiots. This is where we must focus our control. No gun is able to seek out a child or any other living thing and doing it harm. Punish the people not the object.

Posted by: TBILL | October 27, 2008 10:44 AM    Report this comment


Posted by: Hotpockets | October 23, 2008 5:00 PM    Report this comment

Media and anti-gun people and orfganizations are in "love" with the gore and suspense invoved in shootings buy police and citizens with gun permits. This relates to causing a sense of fear that is thrilling in some way. This also leads to an unthinking fear where statistcs snd true stories are ignored because we find that dull and not thrilling.
The excuse? I don't under stand the need for private ownership of guns.
It seems, to me, these unwilling to learn are the first to cry out against law enforcement being too slow, not available or non existent.That evening they're pinned to the TV to watch real crime stories or their favorite CSI, 48 hr. SUV,or terminator stytle of
What to do? I don't know. I know. as a former college professor, some people will never "get It." Then spend the rest of their life saying I didnn't know or didn't understand, and never got any farther with their education. Even thpugh they can show you their "degree." which, in some disciplines can be more deadly than the fire arms they do not "get." Madam Pelosi et. al. Don't you get it?

Posted by: Gordo | October 23, 2008 3:24 PM    Report this comment

It's unfortunate for sure, and the parents will have to live with this for the rest of their life. Probably punishment enough for them.
It's neither right nor productive to punish the rest of us, however. Never was, never will be.

Posted by: Steve823 | October 23, 2008 1:47 PM    Report this comment

yes!...It proves the point that most criminals are cowards preying on the weak. The concealed firearm is the great equalizer.

Posted by: Nick M | October 23, 2008 10:23 AM    Report this comment

I don't suppose this is good news for the Brady Bunch or the liberal democrats on the wrong side of the isle. I wonder what the increases would be if only the criminals possessed guns? I swear these gun banners would gripe if they were hanged with a new rope. I wonder if their opinions would change if they were the victims of an armed attack?

Posted by: majorp44 | October 23, 2008 7:59 AM    Report this comment

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