[JURIST] Violent crime in the US dropped for the fourth consecutive year, the FBI [official website] announced [press release] on Monday. The estimates are part of the annual figures prepared as part of the Bureau’s Crime in the United States (CIUS) [official website] report for 2010 [PDF]. In addition to an overall drop in violent crime, property crimes also decreased for the eighth straight year. Compared to 2009 statistics [JURIST report], violent crimes declined significantly by 6.0 percent, whereas property…