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Crime drops to 4-decade low in St. Louis County

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Crime in St. Louis County has reached a 41-year low.
   
St. Louis County police said Wednesday that crime dropped 2.4 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, reaching the lowest level since 1971.
   
The county, with a population of about 1 million, had 17 homicides in 2011, matching the number in 2010. Rapes declined 10 percent, vehicle theft dropped by 20.7 percent, arson was down 3.5 percent.
   
The one area of increase was burglary, up 7.2 percent. Authorities say that is due mostly to the theft of scrap metal from vacant homes and buildings.
 

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