FBI: Robberies Reach Lowest Level in Decades

WASHINGTON — The number of robberies reached its lowest level in more than 40 years, while burglaries ended a three-year rise according to the FBI’s final crime statistics for 2004. Violent crimes dropped 1.2 percent in 2003, while property crimes were down 1.1 percent according to the 2004 FBI Uniform Crime Report.

The report, released Oct. 17, shows that robberies were down 3.1 percent with 401,326 recorded by law enforcement around the nation in 2004 — the lowest number of robberies since at least 1965. Meanwhile, after three years of going up, burglaries were down 0.5 percent in 2004 for a total of 2.14 million.

Overall, robberies are down 30.9 percent and burglaries down 17.4 percent since 1995. Burglaries are usually defined as nonviolent thefts after a property break-in, while robberies involve theft with the intention or use of violence.

For a look at statistics from the 2004 FBI Uniform Crime Report, see Security Sales & Integration’s 2006 Top 500 Industry Resource Guide, bundled with the December issue.

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