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June 15, 2010 > FBI statistics shows decline in crime rates

FBI statistics shows decline in crime rates

By Meenu Gupta

According to FBI statistics released recently, the violent crime for 2009 dropped by 14 to 15 percent for the cities of Fremont and Hayward. Law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes for 2009 in comparison to the figures reported for 2008. The number of property crimes in the United States in 2009 decreased 4.9 percent when compared with data from 2008. Figures for 2009 indicate that arson decreased 10.4 percent when compared to 2008 figures.

Hayward saw a drop in robberies from 517 to 446. There were seven homicides in 2008 and six in 2009, although there has been a spate of homicides this year. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent Crime dropped from 868 to 740 with fewer rapes (57 in 2008 to 29 in 2009), aggravated assaults (287 in 2008 and 259 in 2009). Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Property Crimes are down from 4,537 in 2008 to 4,405 in 2009. Burglaries reported in 2008 were 1,080 dropping to 979 last year. The only exception is motor vehicle theft with 1,343 cases in 2008 rising to 1,452 in 2009.

With a population of 202,714, the number of homicides for Fremont has been two in 2008 reducing to one in 2009. The Violent crime also dropped from 575 to 489 with fewer cases of rape(37 in 2008 and 34 in 2009); robbery (232 in 2008 and 217 in 2009); aggravated assault (304 cases in 2008; 237 last year). The city however saw a rise in property crimes (4,893 in 2008 and 4,978 in 2009) burglary (1,097 in 2008 and 1,190 in 2009) and larceny (3,099 in 2008 and 3,237 in 2009). Auto thefts and Arson dropped from 697 cases and 26 cases in 2008 to 551 and 19 cases last year, respectively.

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