Day by Day

Monday, August 25, 2003

Feel better about American society

Violent and property crimes dipped in 2002 to their lowest levels since records started being compiled 30 years ago, and have dropped more than 50 percent in the last decade, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

The annual survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics identified about 23 million crime victims last year, down slightly from the year before and far below the 44 million recorded when studies began in 1973.

Could this be Bush's doing? Are people too busy looking for jobs to burglarize? Has increased levels of arsenic in drinking water tamed the would-be robber? Were prospective murderers converted en masse to a more peaceful life by the death of Rachel Corrie?

It all gets so confusing sometimes... - Report: Crime rate lowest since 1973 - Aug. 24, 2003

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