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Crime is a common occurrence in the United States. The FBI maintains a database of all reported crimes throughout the country. It's called the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. During 2013, nearly 10 million criminal acts were reported. These crimes consisted of the categories and numbers shown in the following table.

Crimes Number of Criminal Acts
Violent Crime 1,163,146
Murder/Manslaughter 14,196
Rape 79,770
Aggravated assault 724,149
Robbery 345,031
Property Crime 8,632,512
Burglary 1,928,465
Larceny-theft 6,004,453
Auto theft 699,594

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigations

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D.P. Lyle, MD, is the award-winning author of many nonfiction books and works of fiction. He is the co-host of Crime and Science Radio, and has worked as a forensics consultant with the writers of popular television shows such as> Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, Judging Amy, House, and Pretty Little Liars. Find him online at

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