Most Committed Crimes in the United States
Violent crimes trail behind property crimes in the United States. The former is reportedly committed ten times that of the latter. FBI issued statistics put property crimes at more than 10 million annually, where violent crimes only make up 1-1.5 million. It is surprising to note that America has any many criminals as it has college degree holders. An estimated, one in every three Americans has committed some or the other crime. Let's look at some of the more frequently committed crimes in the United States –
- Theft/Larceny – Theft/Larceny makes up 60% of all reported crimes in America and an astounding 7 million such crimes are reported annually. According to FBI’s definition, theft/larceny involves the taking/leading/carrying away of property from another’s possession by unlawful means. The laws for theft and larceny vary across states. Some have clubbed both together under one conviction where others recognize each as a separate crime.
Petty theft is classified as a misdemeanor whereas grand theft is chalked up as a felony.
- Burglary – Burglary is the second most common crime in the United States. Often confused with robbery, the two are significantly different in nature. Burglary is when a person enters a property unlawfully with the intention of committing a crime. It may not include the motivation to steal as in robbery. With 2million cases of breaking and entering every year, burglary stakes claim to 18% of the overall crime rate in the U.S. Most houses have installed security cameras on their premises to prevent instances of burglary.
- Drug Possession – Again, drug possession laws differ amongst states. You do not need to have drugs on your person to be convicted. As long as you have access to illicit drugs, you can be charged with drug possession and put behind bars.
- Grand Theft – Car theft makes up 10% of America's overall crime rate. Every year, about a million cars are stolen and traded off. In fact, stolen cars are a source of prolific business in the United States.
- Battery/Assault – Battery is described to be intentionally touching a person offensively or without consent with the intent to cause harm. Assault is defined simply as an attempt to cause injury.
- Aggravated Assault – Aggravate assault makes up 7% of America’s total crimes committed. It usually involves a weapon. When the attempted injury is of a grave nature, the assault amounts to aggravated assault. It ranks 6th in the list of America’s top crimes.
- Robbery – 3% of the crimes committed in the U.S. is a result of the robbery. Almost a half million robberies are reported in the country every year. Robbery is a violent crime, unlike theft. An incidence of mugging can be deemed as robbery as well as the loot of a grocery store/diner at gunpoint.
- Fraud and identity theft – White collar crimes are on the rise in the United States. Corporate fraud, internet fraud and bogus schemes are all part of this crime. Never share your personal details with unknown persons online as you may fall victim to identity theft and become a part of illegal activities unknowingly. Any suspicious emails you receive should be promptly forwarded to the Internet Crime Complaint Center for your own cybersecurity.
Common criminal offenses not discussed in the list are driving under influence, domestic violence, weapons violation and prostitution. Where violent crimes have been recorded as significantly dipping across the country, property crimes and white collar crimes are on the rise. Some cities of the U.S. are notorious for their crime rate and it is best to stay away from these if you can.
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