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Crime Down in 2009

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The FBI has released the preliminary data for the 2009 Crime in the United States report:

Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for 2009 when compared with figures reported for 2008. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States in 2009 decreased 4.9 percent when compared with data from 2008. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Figures for 2009 indicate that arson decreased 10.4 percent when compared to 2008 figures.

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These numbers are not a surprise.

Crime is not and never has been the product of economic deprivation or inequality as the left proselytizes. Few individuals commit crime "to put bread on the table" for their family. The social pathology that results from single parent homes is the main contributor. Unfortunately, out-of-wedlock births continue to increase.

Had it not been for targeted policing strategies and our higher rate of incarceration, we would likely be hearing about a crime increase.

News flash for AG Holder--maybe this is what being "smart on crime" looks like.

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