Fewer violent crimes were reported in Norwood in 2011 than were reported in 2010, according to statistics released this week by the FBI.
The number reported last year was 20, while 29 were reported in 2010.
The FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report includes information submitted by local law enforcement agencies. The information is compiled and released to the public in the fall of the year that follows the reported year.
Violent crimes include murder and non-negligent manslaughter (willful, non-negligent killing of one human being by another, according to the FBI's website), forcible rape (including attempts and "assaults to commit rape"), robbery and aggravated assault.
Reported for Norwood in 2011 were four rapes, seven robberies and nine aggravated assaults. The 2010 report shows seven rapes, five robberies and 17 aggravated assaults.
There were no murders reported either year.
The Uniform Crime Report also features property crimes, which include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
There were 469 reported property crimes in Norwood in 2011, down from 493 in 2010. This includes 84 burglaries (down from 110 in 2010), 358 larceny-thefts (up from 346 in 2010), and 27 motor vehicle thefts (down from 37 in 2010).
There were also four arsons reported in 2010, while last year none were reported.
A list of the reported crimes in each Massachusetts city and town in 2011 can be found here. The 2010 statistics can be found here. The FBI advises against comparing cities and towns to create rankings. The reasoning is explained here.
Nationwide, the number of reported violent crimes is down for the fifth-straight year. The number of reported property crimes is down for the ninth year in a row. Go here for more information on the nationwide statistics.