3 Surprising and 1 Not So Suprising Crime Facts

Posted: September 22, 2013 in Justice
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The FBI collects crime-reporting statistics from about 18,000 U.S. city, county, state, university, and tribal agencies and puts them together in a report.  Here are a few surprising and one not surprising trends from last year:

1.  IN TEXAS YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED WITH “NO WEAPON” THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY

Texas has a reputation as being a “gun friendly” state and some still call it the “wild west” of America, but only 65% of homicides in Texas were caused using firearms in 2012.  So, what about the other homicides?  Well, Texas leads the nation in people (101 to be exact) who were killed by the use of “hands, fists, and feet”.  In other words, they were literally beaten to death or kicked to death.  California came in second with 87.

2.  JEWELRY BURGLARS ARE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

In 2012, thieves made off with $15.5 billion worth of goods, down about $2 billion from 2007.  In 2012, theft victims lost fewer cars than previously ($3.8 billion worth, down about $2 billion from 2008), electronics ($756 million, down from almost $1 billion in 2008), and livestock ($15.6 million, down about $5 million from 2008).  Jewelry thieves, however, made off with $300 million more jewelry and precious metals than in 2011.

3.  INTOXICATION IS A PROBLEM

In 2012, police arrested 12.1 million people in the United States.  Suspected property crimes accounted for 1.6 million of the arrests, more than 500,000 people allegedly committed violent crimes, and nearly 1.2 million people were accused of lesser assaults.  Drug and alcohol detentions were the most prevalent.  Drug abuse violations accounted for 1.5 million arrests, nearly 1.3 million people were accused of DUIs, and 500,000 people were accused of drunkenness and an additional 400,000 of violating liquor laws.

4.  MICHIGAN LEADS THE COUNTRY IN HOMICIDE PER CAPITA

It is no surprise that Chicago, Illinois, and New York City, New York lead the nation in homicides, but they do not have the worst homicide per capita.  In Chicago, there is about 1 homicide per 5,417 people and in New York there is 1 homicide per every 19,784 people.  However, in New Orleans, Louisiana, there is 1 homicide for every 1,880 people and in Detroit there is 1 homicide for every 1,832 people.  Flint, Michigan topped the list with 1 person killed for every 1,613 people.  They had 63 homicides in 2012.

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Comments
  1. Lon Spector says:

    That’s human nature for you. Any police officer will tell you that the time they dread most is Saturday night into Sunday morning when people are in bars, with the resulting fights. Also, the domestic dispute is also dreaded.

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