The statistic shows the public perception of the seriousness of crime in the United States. The recent survey was done in October 2011. The data for the preceding years were gathered with a similar methodology. The respondents were asked whether crime was a seriuos problem nationwide and in their local community. 54 percent of the respondents said crime was a serious or extremely serious problem in the United States, but only 11 percent felt their area had a serious problem with crime.