FBI: Violent crime down in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- While Phoenix is generally known as the kidnap capital, new numbers show that violent crimes are actually dropping.

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FBI: Violent crime down in Phoenix - While Phoenix is generally known as the kidnap capital, new numbers show that violent crimes are actually dropping.

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According to new data released by the FBI, Metro-area cities area saw a drop in violent crimes for the third year in a row. As a whole, the crime rate in the Valley was down 5.5 percent last year compared to 2007.

Auto thefts and property crimes were also down, according to the FBI.

Police attribute the decrease to greater cooperation among agencies and targeting repeat offenders and violent criminals.