According to figures gathered from the FBI, a property crime was reported roughly every three seconds in the U.S., while a violent crime was reported around every 22 seconds. Those are sobering numbers.
Contrary to what most people think, property crimes are by far the most reported crimes in the United States, not violent crimes; property crimes are nearly ten times more numerous than violent crimes.
More than ten million crimes against property are reported each year, while between one and one and a half million violent crimes are committed.
Theft via larceny is by far the most common type of criminal offence. Larceny-theft accounts for about 60% of all reported crimes in the United States, with an annual total of more than 7 million thefts.
Burglary, another type of property crime, comes in second. Annually, there are roughly 2 million burglary reports, accounting for around 18% of all reported crimes.
3. Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft of automobiles appears to be a lucrative industry for car thieves, as over a million vehicles are reported stolen each year in the United States. Car theft accounts for more than 10 per cent of all recorded crimes annually in the United States.
4. Aggravated Assault
Number four on the list of most prevalent crimes in the United States, violent crime is committed by one or more people. According to Princeton.edu, an attack with the intent to seriously injure another is aggravated assault, and a weapon can be used in the attack. 7 per cent of all recorded offences involve aggravated assault, whether or not a weapon is used.
Robbery comes up at number five among the top five most prevalent crimes in the United States. Robbery is not simply theft – it is a violent crime, and theft conducted directly on a person or place.
Robbery is what happens when you are robbed. A stick-up of a grocery or liquor shop clerk is robbery. Robberies occur at a rate of almost 500,000 per year in the United States, making up about 3% of all reported crimes.
Do you find it surprising that these are the most often committed offences in the United States? Murder and rape have never been included in the top five most common crimes, despite popular belief.
Property crimes occur far more frequently than violent crimes, despite both of which being common. So lock your doors and keep attentive; you never know who might be waiting out there, and you don’t want to be part of the FBI’s statistics.
Crimes involving murder or non-negligent manslaughter receive greater national attention than any other type of crime. Murder is planned and intentional, as opposed to manslaughter, which shows that the death was the product of an accident and not a conscious decision.
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In 2018, there were 5 murders per 100,000 people in the US. That indicates that just that one year had more than 15,000 killings.
7. Drug Possession
Drug possession is widespread in several American states. This applies to illegal narcotics including cocaine, meth, heroin, and others. Statistics show that nearly 1.8 million people were detained for offences including drug possession in only 2007.
8. Driving While Intoxicated
A fully licenced motorist over the age of 21 must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) below 0.08% to be deemed safe to drive. It is prohibited to use drugs or alcohol if your blood alcohol content is above a certain level.
In the United States, drunk driving is a frequently committed felony. If you are charged with a DUI, you could face a number of sanctions. You risk going to jail and having your licence taken away.