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Posted: September 20, 2011 10:12 a.m.

Murders down in Georgia, U.S.

ATLANTA (AP) - New FBI statistics show that violent crime and killings are down in Georgia, mirroring a national trend.

Nationwide, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports released this week show that violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline.

In Georgia, there were 39,072 violent crimes in 2010 compared to 42,073 the previous year, which represents a 7 percent decline.

There were 558 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in Georgia in 2010, compared with 566 the previous year.

Property crime was also down nationally for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent, the FBI said, referring to crimes reported to authorities.

Property crime in Georgia fell 2.3 percent.

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