Falling, I'm happy to say. According to the FBI's report, Crime in the United States, there were 454.5 violent crimes (per 100,000 population) in 2008. This is a decrease from the recent high of 758.2 violent crimes per 100,000 that was reported in 1991.
By the way, there were 3,212.5 property crimes (per 100,000 people) in 2008.
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