According to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the frequency of both violent crime and property crime rose last year. The number of simple assaults increased from 4 million to 5 million between 2010 and 2011, while the number of other crimes classified as violent—sexual assault, rape, robbery, and serious crimes promulgated with weapons—remained largely the same. The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ report also suggested that property crimes increased about 10% to 17million in 2011. In particular, burglaries jumped from 3.2 million in 2010 to 3.6 million in 2011, which is an increase of approximately 14%. Incidents of theft, which differ from burglaries only due to the fact that they occur during the day, also rose last year. The report indicated about a 10% increase in thefts from 11.6 million two years ago to 12.8 million in 2011.
Though these numbers are certainly alarming, criminal statistics experts are suggesting that they are fairly deceiving. Associated Press sources say that in order to properly examine the Bureau’s report, you have to look at the trend of the numbers broadly and not just for one particular year. They suggest that comparing 2011’s numbers to 2010’s numbers is not enough either. When you look at the statistics from the last five years, the last ten years, or even as far back as the last hundred years, you can get a better idea of how 2011 stacks up to the average.
After doing this, it becomes obvious that that crime was lower in 2010 than it was in almost every year in the recent past. Therefore, while the numbers in the report indicate that crime in the United States was up in 2011 from 2010, it’s clear the 2011 numbers are not so different than the numbers from average years. However, even though crime last year wasn’t as high as the report made it seem, it was still significantly higher than it was in 2010. Like previously mentioned, there were 17 million property crimes in 2011, and because there are about 114 million households in the United States according to the Census Bureau, that means approximately 15% of home and business owners fell victim to theft or burglary last year.
We all can agree that it’s always a good idea to increase your security awareness, and this is definitely true this year especially if you relaxed a little bit after seeing the 2010 report. Make sure your property doesn’t become a 2012 statistic by having Blue Light Security install an ADT monitored security system. Hundreds of thousands of customers world-wide agree that it’s the best way to protect your family and your home or business.