The Numbers: Property Crime Statistics for the United States
We took some time to go through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, property crime statistics for the United States and wanted to share the numbers with you as of late. The 2019 numbers have not been finalized but they did indicate that property crimes from January ’09 to June showed a drop of 5.6% compared to 2018. Let’s look at the 2018 numbers.
- For 2018, there were roughly 7,196,045 property crimes in the U.S.
- Larceny-theft covered about 72.5% of those offenses, burglary was at 17.1% and finally car theft was at 10.4%
According to the same site, property crime was down 6.3% from 2017. The 5-year trend for property crimes shows that there has been a steady decline.
Local to Oklahoma City – property crimes
- 2018 there were 26,298
- 2017 there were 24,326
- 2016 there were 25,032
- 2015 there were 24,948
- 2014 there were 27,258
Local to Tulsa – property crimes
- 2018 there were 21,893
- 2017 there were 22,988
- 2016 there were 23,956
- 2015 there were 20,892
- 2014 there were 20,304
In 2013, UNC Charlotte did a study to try and figure out what motivates or deters a burglar. They randomly interviewed 422 incarcerated burglars and found that:
- They target locations based on the proximity it is to other people and looking for “signs of increased security” like dogs, alarms and so on.
- About 83% said they would determine if there was an alarm system and 60% of those said if there were, they would move to another target.
- Among those who discovered an alarm system, half of them indicated they would discontinue the attempt while another 31% said they would sometimes. Only 13% would attempt the burglary.
Based on the numbers, it is clear that an alarm system works. It can mean the difference between becoming a crime victim or being passed over by a would-be criminal.
We have a solution that can work for you. Reach out to us at (405) 732-9000 and we can walk through your questions about home or commercial security.