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Americans Continue to Perceive Crime Increases

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(PRINCETON, NJ) – As both the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics report drops in crime from 2008 to 2009, the American people continue to think that crime is on the rise, according to Gallup’s annual crime survey. Two-thirds of Americans say they believe crime has increased in the U.S. since last year, according to the survey.

Americans are less quick to say, however, that crime levels have increased in their neighborhoods this year as only 49 percent believe there has been a rise locally.

As for the level of crime in the U.S.,  60% of Americans believe the crime problem in the U.S. is "extremely" or "very serious," up from 55% in 2009. That is the highest level Gallup has measured since 2000. 

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