FBI Crime Statistics

Part of the Forensics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Without crime, you’d have no scope for your interest in forensics, although, being an upstanding citizen, you’d trade your forensics skills for a crime-free country in a heartbeat, right? Given human nature, you’ll never have to make that trade. Crime is a common occurrence in the United States, and the FBI maintains a database of all reported crimes throughout the country. The most recent complete-year figures for 2008 are shown in the following table:

Crime Number of Criminal Acts
Violent Crime 1,382,012
  Murder/Manslaughter   16,272
  Rape   89,000
  Aggravated assault   834,885
  Robbery   441,855
Property Crime 9,767,915
  Burglary   2,222,196
  Larceny-theft   6,588,873
  Auto Theft   956,846

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigations, “2008 Crime in the United States”

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