I recently read a number of interesting articles about burglary/crime statistics in the USA and instead of answering my questions these articles left me asking more questions. For hours, I attempted to pour through the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI “Property Crime Statistics” to find the original source and meaning for many of the crime reports that are circulating the web. I started our my research to determine burglary statistics for 1010, but eventually gave up and had to settle for statistics from 2007.
I filtered out my first report to only show “Burglary”, but threw that report away as it failed to capture the implications of larger scale crime. The report below is intended to primarily show burglary comparisons for large cities. It is, however, important to note that these statistics exclude the given city’s suburbs and only reflect the crime rates within the jurisdiction of a given city’s police department.
Note: Property crime is defined as: A category of crime that includes, among other crimes, burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, shoplifting, and vandalism.
Rates are based on cases per 100,000 for all of calendar 2007.
|City||State||Population||Violent crime||Property crime||Burglary|
|New York||New York||8220196||614||1819||1343|
The most interesting aspect of this report is the comparison of “Burglary Crime” to “Violent Crime” and “Property Crime”. It appears that burglary crimes can run fairly low in situations where violent crime and property crime run high. I need to ask a social psychologist friend of mine why this odd discrepancy exists, or if any reader of this blog has insight into this issue then please respond.