Horrific events such as last week’s shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, are examples of how mass shootings are on the rise.  But the long term overall trend shows violent and property crimes in the US have actually been decreasing.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual uniform crime report, Violent crimes saw a .2% decrease in 2014. Property crimes dropped 4.3 %.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said that the report highlighted progress that cities have made in the past year.

“We have witnessed a remarkable drop in crime since the 1980’s — both violent crime and crime overall. Entire cities have been transformed, unlocking tremendous potential and releasing a wave of prosperity,” Yates said, according to CNN.

In addition, the report showed the US had the fewest murders in 2014 since 2009. Other violent crimes such as arson, robbery and theft were on the decline as well.

To continue with a pattern of transparency, FBI Director James Comey said in a memo released with the report that the FBI plans to collect more data about shootings of civilians by law enforcement in order to address concerns about appropriate use of force.

Emily Abbey is a Salem based student and writer. She loves cooking, coffee, and anything to do with the Pacific Northwest. She hopes to become a teacher, influencing students to write and make a difference in their corner of the world.