http://apnews.excite.com/article/200...D852CH300.html

Sep 12, 6:07 PM (ET)

By CURT ANDERSON

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's crime rate last year held steady at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

The study was the latest contribution to a decade-long trend in which violent crime as measured by victim surveys has fallen by 55 percent and property crime by 49 percent. That has included a 14 percent drop in violent crime from 2000-2001 to 2002-2003.

"The rates are the lowest experienced in the last 30 years," Justice Department statistician Shannan Catalona said in the report. "Crime rates have stabilized."
Interesting that this decrease in crime coincides with most states requiring the issuance of concealed weapons permits to people that want them...

How's the crime rate in the UK and Australia? Going up or going down? Hmmm.