10 Facts about Crime in the U.S.

Oct 15th, 2009

crimjust2Well there are some things that as a nation, you just don’t want to lead the World in and one of those things is number of crimes committed on an annual basis.  The U.S. repeatedly finds itself at the top of that list.  Unfortunately, we lead the World in many kinds of criminal activities. This is partially driven by the sheer number of people we have in the U.S., but given just how much distance there is between the U.S. and the rest of the World there must be more to it than that. Let’s focus on the top 10 most concerning facts about crime in the U.S.  Many of these may come as a surprise to you although based on how many people are impacted by crimes every year in the U.S., you may not be surprised in the slightest.

  1. The United States has nearly 12 million crimes committed every year.  This is the most in the World with the runner-up having only 6 million crimes.  That’s two times worse than the runner-up nation!
  2. The United States currently is holding over 2 million prisoners.  This means that we have the highest percentage of prisoners relative to our population in the World.  Combine this with #1 and you can see we have a lot of minor criminal offenses and a lot of people on probation and parole.
  3. Almost 100,000 rapes occur in the United States every year.  This is also the highest number for all countries in the United Nations.
  4. There are nearly 500,000 robberies in the United States every year, this is the second highest number for all countries in the United Nations.
  5. There are approximately 1,000,000 police officers in the United States (the highest in the World).
  6. There are over 16,000 murders in the United States every year (this is second worst in the World).
  7. There are over 1.2 million car thefts every year in the United States (this is the highest in the World).
  8. One out of every five people will be a victim of a crime every year in the United States again this is the worst in the World.
  9. Even with the worst crime rates in the World, 82% of the U.S. population feels safe walking the streets at night and this is the 2nd best rate in the World.  Isn’t that interesting?
  10. The software piracy rate is 20% in the United States.  This is the LOWEST in the World out of 107 countries in the survey!

As you can see, the United States is in an ominous position.  We have a monumental task ahead of us to control criminal activity and improve on several of these numbers.  The best way we can see to do that is to have more people aware of these problems and to encourage them to pursue criminal justice careers and to support our law enforcement officers in general.  Let’s hope that in the next decade we see ourselves falling behind other nations in terms of criminal activities because that is just one category we don’t want to be number one in any longer.

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8 Responses to “ 10 Facts about Crime in the U.S. ”

  1. Chris says:

    Legalize adult use of cannabis.

  2. Guitar Tuition Reviews says:

    Ups, need to think twice before moving to the States next year…

  3. Alex says:

    You say we have the most “crimes” per year, over 12 million, but how many are malum prohibitum crimes? (It’s illegal, because the law says so, not because it is inherently criminal). Ideal examples malum prohibitum laws are cannabis use and prostitution between consenting adults, and until a few days ago, oral-sex between consenting adults in Louisiana. Our holding the most prisoners is directly related to the prevalence of these worthless laws.

    The question is, how many actual crimes occurred in the US, and how many of those 12 million criminals are simply victims of colonial era laws or political nonsense? If 10 million of the reported crimes were “possession of 1/2 oz of marijuana”, I’m not particularly concerned.

    Also, concerning the rapes, I categorically refuse to believe the US has the most rapes per capita. No way. Was it Congo with the rape epidemic? I think they estimated that more than 40% of all women had been raped at least once there. There is no way the US comes close to any of the war-zones anywhere on this planet.

    Lets consider two things: First of all, how many women live in nations where reporting a rape would only be more trouble for them (in some of the Muslim nations, being raped is a capital offense, and I suspect that in most sub-Saharan and South-East Asian nations and even impoverished parts of Latin America or Oceania, nobody cares). A second point we must consider, how many of these rapes are “date rapes”? Certainly the act is wrong, but I do think there is a difference between the two. On one hand you have two drunk college kids fooling around and the guy doesn’t stop when told to, on the other, you have a gang of machete wielding thugs kick down your door, hold you down and rape you. Not the same thing.

  4. Paco says:

    End prohibition. Ending prohibition of prostitution, and legal drugs (two victimless “crimes”), would essentially eliminate 95% of “crime” in the US.

    If you want fewer criminals, make fewer restrictions. If you live in the US, you’re likely in violation of some statute, or law, right now. Look at the statistics, and see what % of people in prison are in for actually doing harm to someone else, and what % are in prison for “crimes against the state”.

    The answer is freedom.

  5. Paco says:

    RE: Alex,

    Good points. Another thing to consider is when two consenting people engage in sexual activity, and the state decides that they’re in violation of something. When a 17 year old, and a 27 year old, choose to have sex with each other, and neither of them are complaining, or victims of anything, the state can claim that is rape.

    It’s not “rape”, but to give you an idea of how absurd some of the “sex crimes” are…

    I know of an instance where a drunk man mooned a school bus, and he is in prison, considered a sex offender, with minors.

    A 14 year old girl took naked pictures of herself, and sent them to a few people. They charged her with possession of child porn, disseminating child porn, and some other crime claiming she took sexual advantage of a minor.. In this case, herself.

    Two 15 year olds have consensual sex, and they both get charge with having sex with a minor, and they are both now sex offenders.

    The grandmothers of this country are the biggest group of child pornographers in the world. Every picture of their naked grandchild in the tub, with their rubber ducky, and soap suds on their head, is another potential “child porn” case (the law makers in this country evidently don’t know what “pornography” means). God help your family if your grandmother emails this picture to everyone in your family.

    In short, statistics about “crime” are more telling of how ridiculously overgrown, and overbearing, the state is. If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    “The primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government.” – FIJA.org

  6. Johnny says:

    This also fails to consider the relative size of the U.S. population compared to other nations. Few nations have near as many residents, and it must be considered that China, for instance, is notoriously closed-mouthed about anything that may paint their nation in a bad light. India, Russia, and Brazil, while having pockets of prosperity, have a great deal of significant poverty. Are reports from these impoverished areas making the list? Are there even reports being made, or more importantly, is there anyone to make them?

    I too agree that our numbers are skewed by our ridiculous policies on possession of marijuana, but I think that the larger issue is that conclusions are being drawn from the comparison of apples and oranges.

  7. Mike says:

    I think the answer is in the facts presented, namely number 5.

    It’s not much of a leap to say that because we have the largest police force in the world, they catch more crimes. Add that to the glut of laws that we have which try to legislate morality… You can also say that we are one of the few countries that actually has criminals breaking in to our country and committing crimes.

    We’re a police state that dumps over HALF of our GDP into defense, law enforcement, and the war on drugs… We have an increasingly privatized prison system and the companies who run them are listed on the NYSE… Their stock trades on WALL STREET based on the number of prisoners they have in their facilities. The numbers are merely showing the inevitable outcome of this completely horrifying reality.

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