Property

PROPERTY CRIMES

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports defines property crime as  larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and burglary. These crimes involve the unlawful taking of money or property without the use of force or threat of force against the victims. Larceny theft involves the successful or attempted taking of property from another; it includes shoplifting, pocket-picking, purse-snatching and bicycle theft. While the theft of motor vehicles is a separate offense category, the thefts of motor vehicle parts and accessories are considered larceny. Burglary involves the unlawful entry into a structure such as a home or business. The burglary rate for renters was about 80 percent higher than for owners in 2011, according to a 2013 Bureau of Justice Statistics report. Home burglaries accounted for 75 percent of burglary offenses in 2012, according to the FBI.

 

NUMBER AND RATE OF PROPERTY CRIME OFFENSES IN THE UNITED STATES, 2003-2012 (1)

  Burglary Larceny-theft
Year Number Rate Number Rate
2003 2,154,834 741.0 7,026,802 2,416.5
2004 2,144,446 730.3 6,937,089 2,362.3
2005 2,155,448 726.9 6,783,447 2,287.8
2006 2,194,993 733.1 6,626,363 2,213.2
2007 2,190,198 726.1 6,591,542 2,185.4
2008 2,228,887 733.0 6,586,206 2,166.1
2009 2,203,313 717.7 6,338,095 2,064.5
2010 2,168,459 701.0 6,204,601 2,005.8
2011 2,185,140 701.3 6,151,095 1,974.1
2012 2,103,787 670.2 6,150,598 1,959.3
  Motor vehicle theft Total property crime (2)
Year Number Rate Number Rate
2003 1,261,226 433.7 10,442,862 3,591.2
2004 1,237,851 421.5 10,319,386 3,514.1
2005 1,235,859 416.8 10,174,754 3,431.5
2006 1,198,245 400.2 10,019,601 3,346.6
2007 1,100,472 364.9 9,882,212 3,276.4
2008 959,059 315.4 9,774,152 3,214.6
2009 795,652 259.2 9,337,060 3,041.3
2010 739,565 239.1 9,112,625 2,945.9
2011 716,508 230.0 9,052,743 2,905.4
2012 721,053 229.7 8,975,438 2,859.2

(1) Rate is per 100,000 inhabitants.
(2) Property crimes are the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports.

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