ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to the FBI, for a second year in a row, violent crimes, property crimes and arsons have declined.
Nationwide and in big cities violent crime fell, but not as much in the south as the rest of the nation. According to the FBI murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases were up in mid-sized cities and smaller cities with populations under 10,000.
Albany experienced 11 murders in 2008, compared with 13 the previous year. The south also saw an increase in burglaries and larceny-thefts.
One Albany State University Criminologist say it takes a community to fight crime.
"The police can only do so much and police can not do their work unless the community helps them," said Dr. Charles Ochie, Chairman of the ASU Criminal Justice Department. "Police, actually we all should be police people, the community, the whole, everybody because the police can not be everywhere."
Arsons dropped in all four regions of the country and among all population groups with the exception of smaller cities.