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Violent crime down in West Virginia, FBI says

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Violent crime fell by 8 to 12 percent in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky in 2013, a greater decline than the national trend, according to an annual report released Monday by the FBI.

The same report showed a similar drop in number of property crimes for each state as well as nationwide.

The report showed declines in both violent and property crimes for the municipalities of Barboursville, Kenova and Ashland, as well as Mason County in West Virginia, Boyd County in Kentucky and Lawrence County in Ohio. Milton and South Point, Ohio, had an increase in both categories, according to a comparison with the agency’s 2012 report.

Catlettsburg and Russell, Ky., each experienced increases in violent crime, while seeing dips in property offenses, the comparison found.

Only a single year of data was available for Putnam and Wayne counties.

Barboursville experienced a significant drop in property crimes in 2013, but still carried the state’s second-highest property crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants. Local officials have attributed that to the high volume of shoplifting reports at the Huntington Mall in contrast to the village’s population…

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