According to a recent crime report by the FBI, property crime and violent crime are on the decline across the United States.

According to an FBI press release, violent crimes in the United States dropped 4.4 percent between 2012 and 2013, which is the most recent year for which statistics are available, and property crimes decreased 4.1 percent.

FBI badgeAnother piece of good news: Property crimes have been steadily dropping for the last 11 years.

The FBI collected data on an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes that occurred nationwide in 2013. The following crimes accounted for the largest percentages:

  1. Aggravated Assault - 62.3 percent

  2. Robbery - 29.7 percent

  3. Rape - 6.9 percent

  4. Murder - 1.2 percent

While there was a slight incline in violent crimes in 2012, the FBI did report that this was the "11th straight year the collective estimates" for property crimes decreased. More specifically, the FBI said that a 10-year trend between 2004 and 2013 showed a16.3 percent decrease in property crime.

In 2013, there were a total of 8.63 million estimated property crimes. The top offenses are listed below:

  1. Larceny - 69.6 percent

  2. Burglary - 22.3 percent

  3. Motor vehicle theft - 8.1 percent

If you have been arrested for a crime in Lake, Marion or Sumter County, it is in your best interest to remain silent until you can speak with a Villages Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. By asserting your rights to remain silent and have legal counsel, you can protect yourself against self-incrimination and maximize your chances of achieving a positive outcome after your arrest. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation - 866-608-5529.