Violent crime has declined

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) use different methods to measure violent crime, but both agencies show a steady decline over the past 20 years. Since 1989, according to the FBI, violent crime has dropped 36 percent. Data from the BJS show a 61-percent decline.

Violent crimes committed per 1,000 persons

Violent crime has declined

Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States, 2010, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2011.