(Updates with violent crime categories in third paragraph.)
Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- A four-year drop in violent crimes reported to authorities in the U.S. continued in the first six months of 2011, according to a preliminary FBI report.
Violent crime in the U.S. fell 6.4 percent from January through June compared with the same period a year earlier, and property crimes fell 3.7 percent, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation report released today.
All four categories of violent crime surveyed -- robbery, rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault -- decreased in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2010, according to the FBI.
Murders increased 1.2 percent in cities with populations between 500,000 and 999,999 and 2.6 percent in cities with populations under 10,000.
“Although we can all be encouraged that violent crime rates continue to decline nationwide, it is clear that we must remain vigilant and more work remains to be done,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
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