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St. George • Data from a statewide crime survey shows a downturn in the annual rate of serious crimes in many southern Utah communities.
Preliminary data from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification shows a drop in the number of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and stolen vehicles across Washington County between 2008 and 2009.
The downward trend was also seen in nearby Beaver and Iron counties.
Only Kane County bucked the trend, reporting a sharp increase in overall total crime.
The data shows Iron County had the highest per-capita rate of crimes overall.
Among southern Utah cities, St. George had the highest per-capita rate of overall crime, followed by Hurricane and Washington City.