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Country vs country: South Africa and United States compared: Crime

Definitions

  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Rapes: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Sentence Length: Total average sentence length served
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
STAT South Africa United States HISTORY
Assaults 1,188
Ranked 1st. 51% more than United States
786.7
Ranked 1st.

Burglaries 852.8
Ranked 1st. 19% more than United States
714.4
Ranked 9th.

Car thefts 93,133
Ranked 9th.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 13 times more than South Africa

Drug offences 53,810 per 100,000 people
Ranked 4th. 96 times more than United States
560.1 per 100,000 people
Ranked 41st.

Illicit drugs transshipment center for heroin, hashish, and cocaine, as well as a major cultivator of marijuana in its own right; cocaine and heroin consumption on the rise; world's largest market for illicit methaqualone, usually imported illegally from India through various east African countries, but increasingly producing its own synthetic drugs for domestic consumption; attractive venue for money launderers given the increasing level of organized criminal and narcotics activity in the region and the size of the South African economy world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center

Murder rate 34 5

Murders with firearms 31,918
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
9,369
Ranked 4th.

Police officers 343.5%
Ranked 18th. 41% more than United States
243.6%
Ranked 27th.

Prisoners 181,944 prisoners
Ranked 8th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 11 times more than South Africa

Prisoners > Per capita 402 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 78% more than South Africa

Rapes 113.5
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than United States
30.2
Ranked 5th.

Robberies 494.5
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
146.4
Ranked 10th.

Sentence Length 48.08
Ranked 23th. 66% more than United States
29
Ranked 30th.

Software piracy rate 34%
Ranked 88th. 70% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.

Total crimes 2.68 million
Ranked 7th.
11.88 million
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than South Africa

SOURCES: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief; European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

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