DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The number of violent and property crimes reported to police fell significantly in Texas and the nation last year, according to annual figures released by the FBI on Monday.

Violent and property crimes in the state were down by 7.4 and 6.3 percent, respectively.

The state numbers are strong and fall in line with the national trend, which also saw decreases in violent (-3.8 percent) and property (-.5 percent) crime overall. Violent crimes have now fallen in five consecutive years, while property crimes have decreased in nine straight years.

When considering the 5- and 10-year trends, the national estimated violent crime total is down 15.4 percent from 2007 and 15.5 percent from 2002.

In 2011, an estimated 14,612 persons were murdered in the U.S., a .7 percent decrease from 2010 estimates. This represents one murder every 36.0 minutes.

The South, the most populous region in the country, accounted for 41.3 percent of all violent crimes. The West claimed 22.9 percent; the Midwest had 19.5 percent; and the remaining 16.2 percent occurred in the Northeast.

Information was also released regarding the use of firearms in violent crimes. According to the data, firearms were used in 67.7 percent of the nation’s murders, 41.3 percent of robberies, and 21.2 percent of aggravated assaults.

There were 9,063,173 property crime offenses reported in 2011, resulting in losses of $15.6 billion.

The South also led the way with 43.2 percent of all property crimes, followed by the West with 22.8 percent, the Midwest with 21.1 percent, and the Northeast with 13 percent.

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