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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Burglary Statistics Reveal Decline in Crime

How common is burglary?

Posted By: Aggie Bonavoglia

Most people know someone who has been a victim of burglary or have been impacted directly by the crime themselves. Luckily, it seems a downward trend is in place. According to FBI statistics, there were an estimated 1,928,465 burglaries in 2013, which was a decrease of 8.6 percent from the year before.

An analysis by the United States Department of Justice of household burglary statistics from 1994-2011 also revealed a substantial decline. The rate of burglary decreased 56 percent from 1994 to 2011, from 63.4 to 27.6 per 1,000 United States households. That rate looks at attempted forcible entry, completed forcible entry and completed unlawful entry.

The biggest declines in the rate of completed burglary were with city households (down 63 percent), households headed by Hispanics (down 67 percent) and households with $75,000 or more in income (down 74 percent).

The portion of completed burglaries where cash, checks, purse, wallet, credit or bank cards were stolen remained roughly the same between 1994 (15 percent), 2001 (18 percent) and 2011 (17 percent). The biggest percentage of completed burglary involved the theft of personal items (clothing, luggage, jewelry, watches and keys) and electronics or household appliances (TVs, DVD players and portable electronic devices). 

In 2011, an electronic device or household appliance was stolen in an estimated third of completed burglaries. This probably reflects how much more common these items are and the demand by those willing to pay for stolen electronics and appliances.

If you or a loved one are facing burglary charges, Orange County criminal defense attorney Mark Raymond McDonald can help. He is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (888)686-7874 for a free consultation.

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