From Christine Vendel: Violent crime reported to Kansas City police fell 15 percent last year while property crimes decreased 2 percent, according to year-end statistics expected to be released today.
The drop in violent crime is more than double the national average, according to preliminary data from the FBI for the first six months of 2010. All categories of violent crime decreased in Kansas City, including homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Property crimes, burglaries and auto thefts decreased, while stealing and arson increased. The overall decline in property crimes roughly matches the national average for the first half of 2010.