For 20 years, crime in the US has been falling and new figures from the FBI show a sharp drop in the last two years, despite the recession. Why? Through Democratic and Republican administrations and through booms and busts, crime has been falling since 1991. There is little evidence the recession has influenced crime rates Murder and robbery rates nearly halved from 1991-98, a phenomenon that has saved thousands of lives and spared many more potential victims of crime. The pace of the reduction slowed in the late 90s but new FBI figures show the sharp drop in crime that began around 2008 continued last year, despite high unemployment. BBC News - US crime figures: Why the drop?