US Crime Statistics

Crime and crime rates of a country are important things that show you how safe a country actually is and what kind of crimes there are in a certain country.

When trying to come into power, every politician has the promise of making that country safer and happier.

One of the examples of this is Donald Trump, who talked a lot about United States crime rates and how he can lower them.

The first thing to look at when traveling or moving to another state or a country is to look at how safe it is by checking the crime rates.

We will see United States crime statistics in this article and their details.


How Much Crime is There in the US?

Painting a whole of the criminal history in the United States is extremely hard because there are many different organizations that follow different types of crimes.

The local police departments generally take over small and mid-sized crimes, whereas the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) takes into massive violent and property crimes but does not take on drug crimes.

Even though there are statistics for each of these organizations, these statistics only show the crimes that people report and not the ones that are not reported.

However, in total, when we look at the last statistics, we see that there are around 399 violent crimes and 2,000 property crimes per 100,000 population.

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Most Common Crimes in the US

Crimes have two distinctions, one is violent, and the other is property crime.

Property crime is a more common crime type than violent crime, but both of these crime types have their own unique numbers.

In property crime, the most common property crime is larceny or theft. There are approximately 1,500 larcenies or theft crimes in the United States per 100,000 population.

Considering that there are only 2,000 property crimes per 100,000 population, more than 80% of property crimes are larceny in the US.

The most common violent crime among many is aggravated assault, with 250 crimes per 100,000 population1.

As we stated before, this is exceptionally low when you compare it to property crimes.

However, it is worth noting that aggravated assault could be small fights that end up being reported to the police or big fights where people get injured or die; there is no way to know about this for certain.


US Crime Statistics

YearPer 100K PopulationAnnual % Change
20184.96-6.77%
20175.32-1.37%
20165.398.91%
20154.9511.37%
20144.44-1.79%
20134.53-4.33%
20124.730.54%
20114.71-1.24%
20104.76-5.23%
20095.03-7.34%
20085.43-4.78%
20075.7-1.98%
20065.812.44%
20055.672.74%
20045.52-3.15%
20035.70.95%
20025.65-15.52%
20016.6920.87%
20005.53-0.72%
19995.57-9.66%
19986.17-7.95%
19976.7-8.47%
19967.32-10.15%
19958.15-8.39%
19948.89-5.88%
19939.452.21%
19929.25-4.73%
19919.714.40%
19909.34.40%

The Verdict

To conclude, the US has many different crimes in its statistics, and it is safe to say that crime in the United States is going higher every year instead of going down in spite of politicians talking about these crime rates heavily in each election campaign.

There might be several different reasons why these crime rates are going up, but most of the crimes happening in the United States are either larceny or aggravated assault which generally do not hurt many people or do not end up being a massive crime.

However, these crime statistics that we see are only the crimes that people report to authorities.

There might be way more that no one is aware of because no one reports it to the authorities.


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  1. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s[]

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