crime statistics: what do they reveal?

Follow this link to get an overview of crime in America:

http://www.nationmaster.com/country/us-united-states/cri-crime

Select one statistic or fact that catches your eye.  What is it?  Why do you think it catches your eye?

To add some perspective, find the sidebar where it says “compare American crime to….” another country.  Click on it and respond.  What similarities and differences do you see here?

What do you think this statistic (on its own and when compared to another country) says about American culture?

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37 Responses to crime statistics: what do they reveal?

  1. Merissa says:

    One statistic that stood out to me was the number of car thefts in the United States. In the U.S., there were 1,246,096 car thefts, which is seven times more than Canada. I was shocked at how Canada was ranked #4 for car thefts, and yet the U.S. still had seven times more the amount. I believe that theft is a very big problem in the United States, but I did not realize it was as bad as it actually is. In our day, it does not seem like it’s that big of a deal if someone steals something small, but starting out with small things just will lead to the more extreme cases of theft, such as cars.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with Merissa and am amazed at how much theft goes on in America and how little we actually know and hear about it.
      -Kenzie

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree that we don’t really see the problem even though it happens every day. My families car was recently vanalized and it was kind of scary the nerve people have. It was also really close by our house. Knowing someone not in their right mind is near me, terrifying.
        -Allison (2nd period)

    • Anonymous says:

      There are many people in America. The population of Americans are more that 10 times of Canadian population. I think that could be a reason why there are many car thefts in America because less population would be related to number of crimes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I selected the static about the number of murders committed by youths. I decided to pick this one because I was amazed at how high the number was for America. 8,226 murders were committed by youths in America and when compared to Australia it was an even bigger shock considering there were only 88 murders committed by youths.That means that there were 92 more times the murders by youths in America than Australia. I think this static shows how much crime really goes on in America and how much it is hidden from public. I had no idea that the rate of murders committed by youths was so high especially compared to other countries. It also shows how violent American culture truly is.

    • Anonymous says:

      By: Kenzie Marsh

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with your comment about America being extra violent, but at the same time I think this is more about the individual. People might say that the video game industry is making our children violent, but its my opinion that unjustifiably taking someones life in the real world takes an especially cold individual. I don’t believe that culture, unless it is absolutely extreme like the Aztecs or the Nazis, could transform a person into something like this.

    • Thanh Nguyen says:

      I agree with you, Kenzie. This fact had proved more strongly how violent American culture truly is, as well as how Violence influence to youth’s life, from entertainment with violence games and movies to these real actions, murders. I feel like Americans are very haunted by violence when it appear in mostly every aspect of life and the number of murders in the US increases every year. Comparing with the other facts, I think not only in America, violence tends to spread to other countries in the world as the cultures are exchanged and openly shared through movies, music, books and games. Because in my countries, the number of murder committed by youth is also increased every year (but not as much as the U.S), and mostly are because of the influence of games online. This make people feel confused and surprised about how strange the culture can affect the traditional culture and the thought of the youth. After all, wherever, I believe violence is a serious problem and it’s time to do something to prevent its influence from going further more.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The statistic that jumps out at me the most is the drug offence ratio. The website says that only 560 out of 100000 people are caught for drug offence. This shows how little people are actually caught. Previously going to a public school, I found out how many different kids were involved with a variety of drugs. In my opinion, this is indicative of how easy it is to do just about any drug you want, and if you are smart about it, you won’t get caught. I think police need to focus on drug enforcement, especially hardcore drugs like cocaine and meth.
    -Simon

    • Nicole says:

      I agree that drugs are becoming a big problem in America and a better system needs to be made in order to stop drug use. It’s hard to enforce this on everyone since there are so many people with so many connections though.

    • Merissa says:

      I agree with Simon.. I believe that drug use is actually much more prevalent than what the statistic showed. I believe that a very large percentage of drug users are never caught, and so even though drug abuse is a common thing, it is not accurately portrayed by this statistic.

    • Mat says:

      I think the statistic is surprisingly right. Although there are more people that aren’t caught, I think that Drugs are not as prevalent as we think they are. However, Simon is right. Almost 20 percent of people at public schools use some sort of substance illegally, even though they are not typically hardcore drugs. Most people in these places use only drugs that could be classified as “not that bad” making this statistic more representative of the use of harder substances

    • Katie O says:

      I agree that drugs are becoming a bigger part of American culture, which is very sad in my opinion. I didnt realize that so many people got away with it and I believe that we really do need to crack down more on hardcore drugs.

  4. Nicole says:

    I looked at the murders committed by youths statistics and it surprises me how often this actually occurs. the chart is on kids aged from 10-29 in the years 1990-1999. The United States is 3rd with 8,226 murders in those years. Even though this is still a huge amount, it doesn’t even compare to Brazil in 1st place with 20,386 murders. In last place is Jamaica and Bosnia and Herzegovina with 2 each. Murders by anyone are a tragedy, but to have them committed by a child is a whole new story. I think this shows how our American culture is getting pretty messed up by being in the top 3. I think the violent video games could even be having an effect on kids because they want it to be more real than just on a screen.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think it’s really surprising and scary that we have this many murders by youth. It just goes to show what a violent culture America has become. We spend all our money on violent video games, saying they don’t affect us; but obviously they do. I had no idea we were ranked 3rd in murders committed by youth.

      Becky

  5. Mat says:

    I found it amazing that in America, we have over 2 million prisoners. It is also amazing how prepared we are for more prisoners. We still have plenty of room for more prisoners. It is just amazing how many crimes have been committed and how high a percentage that is as well. When I compared it to Germany, we have many more prisoners. About 26 times more. Percentage-wise, that is only six times more, but it is still a very high number. One other main difference is the amount of drug violations percentage. Germany’s is almost 450 times bigger than ours. As bad as it is, I don’t think that American culture surrounds criminal activities. In fact I think that it could be much worse than it actually is. American culture still has not leaned towards trying to be in jail.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I was surprised by the perception of safety statistic in the United States. Apparently 82% of crime victims feel safe walking in the dark. I really have no idea why this is. If i was a victim of crime, I would definitely not feel safe walking alone at night. I guess it depends what kind of crime it was, though. If I was stolen from, I would feel a lot safer at night than if I had been attacked. Still, though, it surprises me. In Australia, however, the same statistic showed only 64% of crime victims felt safe walking in the dark. Maybe criminals are not charged as harshly as in America, and so Australians have more reason to be scared. Whatever the reason, though, this statistic seems closer to what I would expect from victims of crime.

    Becky

    • Anonymous says:

      Ihave to agree with this. I would not feel safe walking alone anywhere after I had gotten mugged or hurt. But the fact that 82% would feel safe makes me wonder if that’s because we have good police force or just are to naive to be more careful.
      Kristin

  7. Anonymous says:

    The statistic that caught my eye was the 1st of 50 for total crime. this shocked me because I would have thought that another country like Mexico which seems to be know for there crime would be above us. I compared the us to India who was ranked 4th and realized that we had more crime in certain areas like murders but less in software privacy. Overall I think this says a lot about American culture. The fact that crime seems to be a part of our life and we don’t try harder to stop it says a lot. It seems that subconsciously we have excepted crime and adopted the belief that we can’t change it or got rid of it we can only live with it and that one person can’t make a difference so don’t get involved. Overall the ranking of the US in crime surprised me.
    Kristin

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with is this becasue with everything we hear in the news about Mexico and how unsafe it can be you would thinks they would be above us. And also the part where you said that crime seems to be a part of our American lives becasue many of the statistics I looked at the United States were in the top 5.
      Kaylee

  8. Anonymous says:

    The statistic that caught my eye in this article was the number of car thefts a year. The fact that 1,246,096 car thefts occur in the US in a year is outstanding. When i compared it with the other countries of the world the one closest one in number was the UK with 348,169, that is approximation 1/4 as many as the US. I never imagined that that many car thefts could happen in the US, expecting the number to be more like that of the UK’s.

    Hannah

  9. mikey says:

    “Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years- 8,226” It is amazing that there are that many for so young an age group…
    In the UK, there are only 139 homicides by 10-29 years old.
    In the UK there are 6,523,706 total crimes were as in the US there are 11,877,218 total crimes. One thing that was interesting was that both the US and the UK both have the same kind of crimes. Even though the numbers are sometimes different, both countries are similar.
    My statistic shows how our culture doesn’t value children. It can be implied at least…

  10. Lauren (2nd) says:

    I think crime statistics can reveal a lot about our culture. One fact that really stood out to me was the Software piracy rate. I would have thought it was really high because we hear about piracy everyday. Even in the movie theaters we see images warning about pirated movies. But compared to other countries, our 20% is rather low. It’s funny because we have huge numbers for so many other crimes but for some reason we’re pouring more and more money into preventing piracy while there are 8,226 youths out there committing murders. It surprised and shocked me. I think it says that we’re more worried with things that seem like a big deal instead of facing the larger problems at hand. It seems like we’re too scared to solve the larger, more scary crimes and instead try to fix the smaller ones. I know that piracy is a problem in today’s world, but I believe that we have much bigger problems we should think of first.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The “murders committed by youth” have astoundingly high rates. We are fourth out of seventy three in youth murderers. This translates to about 8,226 murders in ten years. There were only 139 murders by youth in Britain. That is a shocking difference! I can’t explain why we have more murders here in America but it definitely shows we are doing something wrong. Somehow we lack in raising our youth to be confident and know what is right. What caught my eye is the proof that youth have difficulties figuring out who they are and their purpose. Often resulting in confusion and regretful acts, even if the acts are minor. It is scary what this says about our culture.

    -Allison (2nd period)

  12. Anonymous says:

    A crime statistic that really surprised me was the murders committed by firearms. The United States was ranked number 3. As Americans many people have easy access to firearms. Which I think it is okay to have firearms if you use them cautiously and safely. However some people do not and should not have the right to them. Like for example the Aurora shooting and Columbine, those high school students should have never gotten any of those weapons in the first place. Canada was ranked 14th, and for a country so similar and close to ours it is so much better through their crime rates like murders committed by firearms.
    Kaylee

    • Erin says:

      This is very true, and surprising. We definitely have more access to weapons these days.

    • Mikey says:

      I agree… I think that it’s sad how easily we can buy guns today. You can walk into a gun shop, and be out within an hour with a gun along with a permit that enables you to carry loaded weapons.

    • Hayden says:

      I support the second amendment. I agree with Kaylee, it is very easy to get a gun in the U.S. especially Colorado. The last time I was at Bass pro shop, it took less than an hour to get a gun, this included application and background check. There is no problem if they raise the wait time to receive a gun, you still get it, but this does not stop people from reselling it to another person in the future.

  13. Erin says:

    I thought it was surprising that there were so many murders committed by youths. The United States is 3rd out of 70 countries with these higher rates. There are 8,226 murders over the course of 10 years. But comparatively, it could be a lot worse. In Brazil, there are 20,386 murders, making it the #1 country for youth murders. I honestly have no idea why this is happening, anywhere in the world, and why the United States is so high.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s scary to think that so many murders were committed by youths, let alone by anybody. It just shows how easy it is to access a gun and how the security in order to purchase a gun is like nothing.

      Bri

  14. Hayden says:

    One fact that interests me the most was the number of prisoners incarcerated in each country. 78,753 prisoners were in the United Kingdom compared to 2,019,234 prisoners incarcerated in the United States. I thought this was really interesting, because of the staggering amount of prisoners in the U.S. compared to the U.K.. The total difference in the two counties prisoners is 1,940,481. Wow! What does this say about American culture? Is our law enforcement that much better than other countries? Do we just have more troublesome people in America? Looking at this stat, I see this survey is from 2002, I wonder how much of this information has changed.

  15. Thanh Nguyen says:

    One statistic that caught my eyes was the proportion of people who believe in police efficiency in the U.S, which was 89% and ranked 1st of 17. Comparing to the United Kingdom (72%), the American was 24% more than the United Kingdom, which means the police department in the United States receives more trust from people than the police department in the United Kingdom. Crime exists in every country so the role of the police is very important to preserve and ensure the national security. Therefore, while their work are harder and more complex when the crimes are increasingly varied and difficult to control, I think the police in the US still maintain doing their good job to be recognized and deserve with people’s trust.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The one that interested me the most was the number of prisoners that were held in each country. The United States was at the top with over 2 million prisoners. It is shocking how so much crime goes on, and most aren’t even treated as a big deal, it’s more handled as an everyday event. It seems like as time goes on, crimes are just going to be treated as a little thing that nobody really cares about. It won’t be noticed as that wrong anymore if more and more people are doing it.

    Bri

  17. Anonymous says:

    The rank of car thefts attracted me, because I could realize why the crime is the first among some countries. However, why is the crime the first? That’s kind of life style and culture. There are many cars in America and it is necessary for people because it is hard to go somewhere without car. However, everyone cannot have own car because of difficulty of life in money. But, they need a car. The only way to get car is going to be stealing car. So, there are less car thefts in Japan and United Kingdom because there are less cars and they are not really necessary in the countries.

    James Jee (1st)

  18. Katie O says:

    What i found most shocking was that even though the US is number 1 in total murders we are also only number 5 in executions. I find this odd because I would think that the country with the most crime would also have the most executions. I also found it surprising that compared to the US has 168 times as many murders because of guns. It doesnt shock me that we have the most murders with guns, considering we have the largest supply of guns, but to have that many more is just astounding to me. To me this says that America has a culture of drastics. On one hand we do not seem as strict when it comes to the death sentences yet we are also number 1 when it comes to murders with the use of a fire arm.

  19. Joshua Rossi (2nd Period) says:

    The one stat that stood out the most to me was that we are the number one country with the most crime. I know it might seem like the easy one to pick but if you think about it there Britain was about 4 million crimes down compared to us. That is just unbelievable how much crime our country really has. There was one stat that was low to me that that was software piracy. The US is a very technology driven society and to see that we were the country with the lowest I was truly surprised.

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