Crime in the United States - statistics & facts

The analysis of crime in the United States is generally split into two broad categories, violent crime and property crime. Our hub for all information relating to violent crime can be found here, while the property crime hub is found here. A tracking of crime rates over the last 20 years shows that violent crime in the United States is on the decline. In 2012, reported crime was down 30 percent from 1990. However Americans still perceive a crime problem in their country, despite evidence to the contrary. Some 64 percent of the population felt there was more crime in 2013 than the year prior.

Property crime, or non-violent crime, is currently the biggest criminal issue plaguing the nation by far, with larceny and theft coming in a distant but solid second. The rate of motor vehicle theft, on the other hand, has declined sharply since the early 2000s. Crime prevention specialists credit this to the sophisticated security devices installed on many new cars, such as alarm systems, GPS devices, and ignition immobilizers. .

Regarding rates of recorded crime, Cambridge, Massachusetts ranked as the most peaceful metropolitan area in the United States in 2012, while Detroit, Michigan ranked as least peaceful. Louisiana’s crime rates earned it the title of least peaceful U.S. state, with New Orleans, the state’s largest and most well-known city, ranking just behind Detroit as the second least-peaceful city in the country. The District of Columbia reported the highest rate of violent crime of any state in 2012.

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