NORMAN — Violent crime in the United States is down for the fifth straight year. The number of violent incidents reported to police is down 3.8 percent.
Still, there were 1.2 million incidents. Property crimes are down for the ninth consecutive year.
The FBI announced this week that the South accounted for more than 40 percent of all violent crimes, followed by the West, the Midwest and then the Northeast.
Firearms were used in two thirds of the nation’s murders and two out of every five robberies and one out of five aggravated assaults, according to an Associated Press report.
The local police effort at community policing should keep our city’s crime rate down. Police Chief Keith Humphrey says he could never hire enough officers to watch the city so he relies on citizens to report possible crimes or suspicious behavior.