WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The FBI says the number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, marking the fifth straight year of declines.
Officials say there was also a decline in the amount of property crime reported to law enforcement agencies. Property crime was down by 0.5 percent to 9 million, the ninth consecutive year that figure has fallen.
The FBI says the South accounted for 41.3 percent of violent crime, while the West had 22.9 percent of it. The Midwest claimed 19.5 percent of the cases and the Northeast, 16.2 percent.
The FBI says firearms were used in two-thirds of the nation's murders, in two out of every five robberies and in one out of five aggravated assaults.
For more information on the 2011 crime statistics, click here.