Oct 13, 2010 10:32 AM by Associated Press
Fewer people were victims of crime last year than the year before.
The government's most comprehensive crime survey shows the lowest violent and property crime rates ever recorded in the survey, which was first published in 1973.
The National Crime Victim Survey released Wednesday by the Justice Department is based on interviews with more than 135,000 U.S. residents. It captures not only crimes reported to the police but also those that went unreported. Studies show more than half of crimes are never reported to the police.
The survey estimates that violent crime dropped 11.2 percent and property crimes 5.5 percent from 2008 levels.
The new survey parallels declines in the FBI's recent tabulation of crimes reported to the police last year.