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Violent Crime Down

In the first half of 2007, violent crime has dropped:

The number of violent crimes reported nationwide appears to have fallen modestly in the first half of 2007, signaling the first notable decline in violence in two years, the FBI said yesterday.

Kinda sorta. See, the last two years saw an increase despite long term drop in crime. Could be leveling off. Some numbers:

Violent crimes including homicides, robberies and assaults fell 1.8 percent in January to June of last year compared with the same period in 2006, according to the preliminary FBI statistics.

The largest declines were in the Northeast and in cities with more than 250,000 residents, while crime in rural areas and cities with fewer than 25,000 residents increased 1.1 percent. The number of homicides in suburbs rose by 5 percent.

And then of course there is Washington DC:

The FBI report did not separate out data for the District, which has reported a 7 percent spike in homicides in 2007, part of an overall surge in gun violence.

Bad timing for DC’s lawyers in Heller, don’t you think?

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