Crime Reports

By | May 5, 2017

The latest local crime reports show some pretty scary numbers. These lead me to believe that there is more than enough reason to motivate the average American to get some sort of security in their home or business. I believe I have found the most cost-effective ways to fight back against all the crime that is going on. You can do it yourself (DIY) and not have monitoring, or hire the most affordable monitoring company.


According to this FBI report on Property Crime in 2015, there were an estimated 7,993,631 property crime offenses in the nation. The report cites that the population of the US in 2015 was 321,418,820. So that means there were 2487 property crimes per 100,000 people. That’s a lot of property crimes!

I cropped the full chart in table 2 from the report to show the other types of crime per 100k people.  Here is the section showing the US as a whole, by crime type:

The report shows staggering numbers. So much murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary and larceny-theft. The report says that the rates are going down every year. Great. Not so much good news when you look at how much crime is still going on. I believe that increased surveillance and security systems are helping numbers go down. Let’s do what we can to help these numbers go down!

According the “Latest Crime Statistics Released” in this FBI report, there were an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes committed around the nation. While that was an increase from 2014 figures, the 2015 violent crime total was 0.7 percent lower than the 2011 level and 16.5 percent below the 2006 level.

This “Latest Crime Statistics Released” report quotes Crime in the United States, 2015:

  • The estimated number of murders in the nation was 15,696.
  • During the year, there were an estimated 90,185 rapes. (This figure currently reflects UCR’s legacy definition. Learn more about the revised rape definition.)
  • There were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for an estimated $390 million in losses (average dollar value of stolen property per reported robbery was $1,190).
  • Firearms were used in 71.5 percent of the nation’s murders, 40.8 percent of robberies, and 24.2 percent of aggravated assaults.
  • Property crimes resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion. The total value of reported stolen property (i.e., currency, jewelry, motor vehicles, electronics, firearms) was $12,420,364,454.

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10 thoughts on “Crime Reports

  1. JelenaBB

    Thank you for this blog post.
    I did not realize how much is actually crime around us. Now think about how sometimes casually treat my belongings and property. We really need to think about ways to ward off thieves.

    1. Tim Gillen Post author

      Thanks Jelena. Yeah it’s pretty scary. But the good thing is that it doesn’t cost too terribly much to do something about it. I’m so tired of hearing about people who get abused. Breaks my heart.

  2. ScottG

    These are some scary crime statistics for sure. A home security system is a no-brainer for me and I have one at both properties I own. I also have cameras for both and I’m sure it helps people to think twice before targeting us. We do not live in a high crime area but you just never know. Thanks again for the info.

    1. Tim Gillen Post author

      You’re welcome Scott. Which cameras/system do you use. Did you DIY it or choose a professional company?

  3. Summerly

    These are some interesting stats, makes it easy to see that crime can happen to anyone and property loss can be huge too! Home security seems to be the right path for many.

    1. Tim Gillen Post author

      Thanks. Yeah Summerly it’s definitely a huge need. Especially for the small business owner. I’m promoting solutions that are high quality, but lower cost 🙂

  4. Danish

    I love your website Tim! A lot of interesting facts about crimes in our community and what actions we need to take to stay safe and protect our belongings.

  5. Krista

    Oh my these stats are a little bit scary to think about! I didnt no how much aggravated assaults were present in 2015 not sure why people cant just follow the law lol. It is good to have stats like this so we know exactly what and how much of it is going on and hopefully we can find a way to prevent it in the future.

    1. Tim Post author

      Yeah. Seems like a never ending battle. Everybody always thinks it won’t happen to them. I always cringe when I get an amber alert on my phone 😓


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