In 2016, then presidential aspirant Donald Trump stood firm on his campaign focus on fighting crime in the United States before he was sworn in as the highest-ranking official in the land. Whether Trump will deliver on his campaign promise or not, the responsibility of ensuring your security and that of your loved ones and business lies on you.
Security starts with awareness
It all starts with awareness, and the first step is to be updated on data concerning security in America. Why should you bother knowing that? Being informed helps you make major decisions. For example, if you know that most businesses in the country are prone to burglary, then you will focus your security measures to preventing that specific crime.
Must-know US security facts
Here are the facts about security in America that you must be aware of.
- Violent crimes in the United States increased by almost 4% from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data. Close to 1.2 million violent crimes happened in America in 2015. However, there has been a sharp decline in the number of violent crimes in the past 25 years. This fact has been corroborated both by the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Violent crimes include murder, manslaughter, robbery, rape, and aggravated assault.
- Guns were used in about 71% of the murders in the United States, about 40% of robberies, and about 24% of aggravated assaults.
- The number of property crimes decreased by 2.6% in 2015 compared to 2014 data. Over the long term, the U.S. property crime statistics has dropped considerably. Property crimes include motor vehicle theft, arson, burglary, and larceny. Collectively, these crimes lead to approximately $14 billion worth of losses.
- Larceny is the most committed property crime at almost 75%. Burglary comes next at close to 20%. Around 9% of property crimes involved theft of motor vehicles.