Of all the most serious crimes tracked by the FBI — known as Part I offenses — theft is by far the most common. There were 4.6 million cases of theft with larceny reported in the United States in 2020, representing almost 60% of all Part I offenses, which also include murder, assault, robbery robbery, rape, vehicle theft and burglary.
Larceny is a classification of crimes that includes all non-violent theft except motor vehicle theft. Common examples of theft include purse snatching, pickpocketing, shoplifting, and bicycle theft. According to the FBI, robbery causes billions of dollars in losses a year.
Although larceny-theft is relatively common in the United States, reported incidents of larceny have been declining for years. Between 2019 and 2020 alone, the number of reported theft cases fell by 11%, or, when taking population into account, by 171 incidents per 100,000 people. In some states, the improvement was well above the national average. In a handful of others, however, the theft rate has increased.
Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. determined the year-over-year change in the rate of theft and larceny in each state. States are ranked by the change in the number of reported thefts per 100,000 people.
According to the state, changes in larceny theft rates range from declines of more than 700 incidents per 100,000 population to increases of more than 100 incidents per 100,000 population.
Property crimes are a broad category of offenses tracked by the FBI, consisting of robbery, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. In part because theft is by far the most commonly reported property crime, every state that reported an increase in theft rate also reported a slight increase in the number of property crimes overall – and the Most states that reported a drop in theft rate also reported a drop in ownership. crime rate. Here’s a look at the states where property crimes are skyrocketing.
Importantly, in most states where theft increased in 2020, the overall rate of theft remained below the national rate of 1,398 incidents per 100,000 population. Here’s a look at the states with the highest rates of robbery with robbery.
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