Initial crime statistics from Pennsylvania State Police show reported serious crimes in York County and statewide dropped in 2012.
Uniform Crime Report numbers released Friday by state police show reported crimes in Pennsylvania dropped 1.2 percent in 2012.
There were 917,029 crimes reported in the state that year; there were 928,145 crimes reported statewide in 2011, according to state police.
In York County, murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults dropped to 1,082 in 2012, down from 1,325 in 2011. Robberies had the biggest decrease, according to the UCR report.
In fact, both violent crimes and property crimes decreased across the board in York County.
In 2012, there were 17 murders, 103 rapes, 298 robberies and 664 aggravated assaults reported in the county.
In 2011, there were 20 murders, 139 rapes, 465 robberies and 701 aggravated assaults reported.
Property crimes also went down in York County.
In 2012, there were 1,313 burglaries, 6,882 larceny/thefts, 293 vehicle thefts and 70 arsons reported.
In 2011, there were 1,385 burglaries, 6,899 larceny/thefts, 391 vehicle thefts and 70 arsons reported.
The UCR report is based on crime statistics submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police by law-enforcement agencies across the state.
The numbers are subject to change as police departments update or review their reports, according to state police.
To see breakdowns of crime by municipality, go to www.psp.state.pa.us and click on "crime statistics in Pennsylvania.
-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com.