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Homicide dropped in all areas of the country except the Northeast, where it went up 8.8 percent. The Northeast includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

In the District, the number of homicides dropped 9 percent from 145 in 2009 to 132 in 2010.

“[T]he publication of the 2010 national crime statistics reminds us that national security is as much about keeping our streets safe from crime as it is about protecting the United States from terrorism,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said.

But Northeastern’s Mr. Fox said the U.S. should not get complacent about the crime problem, saying law enforcement is only able to control the crime problem, not solve it. “If the country starts to see budgets slashed for crime fighting, we will see an increase in crime,” he said.