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FBI: Crime Rates Fell In 2011

June 12, 2012
Violent crime and property crime reported by law enforcement fell again in 2011, according to preliminary data released released by the FBI. When compared to 2010, violent crime fell 4%, and property crime dropped 0.8%.

L.A. Sheriff Reports 11% Drop In Homicides In 2012

June 7, 2012
For the first five months of 2012, homicides fell and overall crime rose in the jurisdiction patrolled by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies as compared to the same period in 2011.

Wrongful Convictions Studied In New Database

May 22, 2012
Perjury, faulty eyewitness identification and prosecutorial misconduct are the leading reasons in 873 wrongful convictions studied in a new national database.

FBI: 2 of 3 Slain Officers Wore Body Armor

May 14, 2012
In 2011, 72 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty. That number was 16 more than the 56 officers slain in 2010. Also, 50 officers were killed in accidents, a decrease of 22 officers compared with the 72 officers accidentally killed in 2010.

Chicago Homicides Rise 60%, Mayor Calls for Gang Law

April 12, 2012
Chicago homicides spiked 60% in the first three months of 2012. As a result, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the state's General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow federal-style racketeering prosecutions of violent gang activity.

Thieves Stealing Tide Detergent For Drug Buys

March 15, 2012
Thieves have been stealing Tide detergent from markets and convenience stores to pay for narcotics from street-level dealers instead of using cash, the Associated Press reports.

CDC Report: Gang Prevention Needed In Early Adolescence

January 30, 2012
The report surveyed gang activity in Los Angeles, Calif.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Long Beach, Calif.; Oakland, Calif.; and Newark, N.J. In these cities, a total of 856 gang and 2,077 nongang homicides were identified and included in the analyses.

The National Gang Threat Assessment's Sanitized Statistics

January 11, 2012
The National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) generates several law enforcement reports about the activity and numbers of criminal gangs in the United States. The intended purpose of these reports is to "reduce the threat, incidence, and prevalence of violent crime."

FBI: Violent and Property Crime Fell In Early 2011

December 20, 2011
Violent crime and property crimes reported to law enforcement fell in the first half of 2011 despite a stagnant economy, the FBI announced Monday. The number of violent crimes declined 6.4%, when compared with figures from the first six months of 2010. The number of property crimes fell 3.7% in the same time frame.

Christie Sends N.J. State Police to Camden

December 13, 2011
The reinforcements came after calls to the state by Mayor Dana L. Redd and Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk for assistance for the police force, which suffered massive layoffs in January.

NYPD: Thefts of Smartphones and iPads More Likely Than Cash

December 8, 2011
Half of the nearly 16,000 robberies in New York City over the first 10 months of the year have involved trendy gadgets such as smartphones and iPads, according to an NYPD study.

FBI: Hate Crimes Remained Steady In 2010

November 14, 2011
The number of reported hate crimes in the United States remained steady in 2010, according to the FBI's annual hate-crime report. There were 6,628 hate crime incidents reported last year, while 6,604 were reported in 2009, the FBI announced Monday.

NYPD: Occupy Wall Street Caused Rise In Gun Crime

October 26, 2011
Police attention to Occupy Wall Street protesters has left other areas of the city vulnerable. As a result, gun violence has spiked in New York City, according to the New York Police Department.

FBI Releases 2010 LEOKA Report

October 25, 2011
While on duty in 2010, 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed, 72 died in accidents, and more than 53,000 were assaulted, according to data in the "Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted" report.

FBI: Gangs Responsible for 48% of Violent Crime

October 25, 2011
Increasingly sophisticated street gangs committed 48 percent of violent crime, as they expanded their criminal activity and networking with broader criminal organizations.

FBI Says Violent Crime Dropped 6 Percent in 2010

September 19, 2011
The FBI reports that violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year of declines. And property crime also was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Calif. Violent Crime Falls To Lowest In 40 Years

September 13, 2011
The California Department of Justice's "Crime in California" shows that violent crime has fallen for the fourth year in a row. Overall, the violent crime rate decreased 6.9 percent, reaching its lowest level since 1968, and homicide and forcible rape rates are the lowest since 1966.

Hot Wheels: Most Stolen Vehicles

August 31, 2011

Each summer, two insurance-industry associations — the Highway Loss Data Institute and National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) — release lists of the top 10 vehicles stolen across the country in the prior year. For the fourth year in a row, the Cadillac Escalade was the most stolen insured vehicle, according to the institute, which lists only vehicles with theft coverage. The NICB's report is typically more comprehensive because it covers all stolen vehicles reported by law enforcement agencies, including those that are not insured. The 1994 Honda Accord, which could be worth about $2,000 on the open market in good condition, tops the NICB report. The 735,547 vehicles stolen in 2010 represents the fewest number of stolen vehicles since the 659,800 reported stolen in 1967.

St. Louis Ward Hopes To Cut Crime 70% with Wireless Surveillance

August 26, 2011
St. Louis city and police officials have installed a new wireless video surveillance system in the 21st Ward, and have set a goal to reduce crime by 70 percent. Of the 28 wards in the city, the 21st Ward is the first to deploy this type of solution.

Fewer Cops In Oakland Results In 'Brazen' Crimes

August 18, 2011
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts is repeating his public call for more officers, after a violent crime spike of "brazen activity" that included the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy in broad daylight.
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