[JURIST] The FBI [official website] on Tuesday released preliminary crime statistics [report; press release] indicating declines in reported violent crimes and property crimes in the US. The statistics are based upon data collected during the first six months of 2013 submitted by nearly 13,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies around the nation. According to the FBI, the numbers indicate that murders declined 6.9 percent, forcible rapes declined 10.6 percent, aggravated assaults decreased 6.6 percent and robbery offenses decreased 1.8...

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