Believe It Or Not: Good Crime News From Philly! reports that violent crime is declining in Philly, even as it rises elsewhere:

In Philadelphia, 17,853 violent offenses were reported to law enforcement in 2012, a 2.3-percent drop from the 18,268 crimes reported the year before, according to the FBI’s new preliminary uniform crime reporting statistics.

The city saw 56,997 property crimes last year, 4.4 percent fewer than the 59,617 reported in 2011.

The FBI statistics say the number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement nationwide rose 1.2 percent last year compared to 2011, while property crimes saw a 0.8-percent decline.

Our city’s crime-soaked image? Just an illusion! Right? RiGHT?!?