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Country vs country: United Kingdom and United States compared: Crime

Author: Edsel.G

Author: Edsel.G

Crimes in developed countries are generally fewer than those of developed and underdeveloped countries. However, development does not automatically translate to universal peace. In the US for instance, crimes are widespread (though not as widespread as less developed countries), but this is primarily because of two facts: first, the country has a huge population; secondly, this population is racially mixed.

Although American observers note that the number of violent crimes is still high, there have been significant drops in reported criminal commissions. Crimes in the country rose significantly after the Second World War, but the number dropped in the 1990s. Researches indicate that this number is continually dropping. According to the FBI report, a murder is committed every half an hour; this is actually a 0.6% drop from the previous years.

In the UK, a declining trend is also noted by social environment researchers and authorities. By February 2014, all reported crimes have declined in numbers from that of the previous month.

However, trends that apply on one region may not necessarily apply to the other. While the country has seen a declining rate for anti-social behaviors, the case is not true in Northern Ireland. Official statistics indicate an increase of 0.002% from January to February for the said crime. Generally, nonetheless, official criminal estimates suggest an improvement since the past decade.

Definitions

  • Adults prosecuted: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Assault victims: People victimized by assault (as a % of the total population). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevelence.
  • Believe in police efficiency: Proportion of people in international Crime Victims Survey 2000 who say police do a good job in controlling crime in their area.
  • 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).
  • Frauds: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Jails: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders committed by youths: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999).
  • 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.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Rape victims: People victimized by sexual assault (as a % of the total population). Data refer to female population only. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • 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.
  • Robbery victims: People victimized by robbery (as a % of the total population). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders > WHO: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Embezzlements: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Judges and Magistrates: Number of Judges and Magistrates
  • Perception of safety > Burglary: Proportions in International Crime Victims Survey 2000 reporting that they feel only a small risk of burglary.
  • Bribery victims: People victimized by bribery (corruption) (as a % of the total population). Data refer to people who have been asked or expected to pay a bribe by a government official. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Reporting to police: Proportions in International Crime Victims Survey 2000 who feel they can report crimes to police - perception.
  • Car thefts per 1000: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Judges and Magistrates per million: Number of Judges and Magistrates. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery: Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted: Worries being insulted. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being insulted or pestered by anybody, while in the street or any other public place?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Violent hate crime: Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked: Worries attacked. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being physically attacked by strangers?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen: Worries things from car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having things stolen from your car?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen: Worries car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having your car stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed: Worries being mugged or robbed. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being mugged and robbed?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years: Crime increasing in the past 3 years. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "In the past three years would you say the level of crime in your community has increased, stayed about the same, or decreased?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Crime levels: Level of crime. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How serious you feel the level of crime is?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft: Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) property crimes such as vandalism and theft?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night: Safety walking alone during night. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the night?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery: Problem corruption and bribery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) corruption and bribery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day: Safety walking alone during daylight. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the daylight?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Illegal drugs: Problem people using or dealing drugs. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) people using or dealing drugs?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter: Worries home broken and things stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How worried are you about....having your home broken into and something stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perception of safety > Walking in dark: Proportions in International Crime Victims Survey 2000 reporting that they feel safe walking in the dark.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 35-44: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 45-54: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 55-64: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Total crime victims: People victimized by crime (as a % of the total population). Data refer to people victimized by one or more of 11 crimes recorded in the survey: robbery, burglary, attempted burglary, car theft, car vandalism, bicycle theft, sexual assault, theft from car, theft of personal property, assault and threats. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 15-24: Suicide rates per 100,000 people by given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 25-34: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Murders committed by youths per capita: Homicide rate per 100,000 population aged 10–29 years
  • Suicide rates > Ages above 75: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Suicide rates > Ages 65-74: Suicide rates per 100,000 people in the given age group, late 1990s.
  • Total crimes per 1000: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Murders with firearms per million: 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. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Murders committed by youths per million: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999). Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Jails per million: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Adults prosecuted per 1000: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Frauds per 1000: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Embezzlements per million: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Intentional homicides > Per 100,000 people: Intentional homicides (per 100,000 people). Intentional homicides are estimates of unlawful homicides purposely inflicted as a result of domestic disputes, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, intergang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. Intentional homicide does not include all intentional killing; the difference is usually in the organization of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas killing in armed conflict is usually committed by fairly cohesive groups of up to several hundred members and is thus usually excluded.
  • Property crime victims: People victimized by property crime (as a % of the total population). Includes car theft, theft from car, burglary with entry and attempted burglary. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
STAT United Kingdom United States HISTORY
Adults prosecuted 1.57 million
Ranked 3rd.
14.2 million
Ranked 1st. 9 times more than United Kingdom
Assault victims 2.8%
Ranked 2nd. 2 times more than United States
1.2%
Ranked 9th.
Believe in police efficiency 72%
Ranked 6th.
89%
Ranked 1st. 24% more than United Kingdom
Car thefts 348,169
Ranked 2nd.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than United Kingdom
Drug offences 183,419 per 100,000 people
Ranked 2nd. 327 times more than United States
560.1 per 100,000 people
Ranked 41st.
Frauds 358,186
Ranked 3rd.
371,800
Ranked 2nd. 4% more than United Kingdom
Illicit drugs producer of limited amounts of synthetic drugs and synthetic precursor chemicals; major consumer of Southwest Asian heroin, Latin American cocaine, and synthetic drugs; money-laundering center 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
Jails 144
Ranked 22nd.
1,558
Ranked 6th. 11 times more than United Kingdom
Murders committed by youths 139
Ranked 30th.
8,226
Ranked 3rd. 59 times more than United Kingdom
Murders with firearms 14
Ranked 39th.
9,369
Ranked 4th. 669 times more than United Kingdom
Prisoners 78,753 prisoners
Ranked 15th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 26 times more than United Kingdom
Rape victims 0.9%
Ranked 6th. 2 times more than United States
0.4%
Ranked 13th.
Sentence Length 38.6
Ranked 27th. 33% more than United States
29
Ranked 30th.
Software piracy rate 26%
Ranked 96th. 30% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Total crimes 6.52 million
Ranked 2nd.
11.88 million
Ranked 1st. 82% more than United Kingdom
Robbery victims 1.2%
Ranked 4th. Twice as much as United States
0.6%
Ranked 16th.
Murders > WHO 6.6
Ranked 83th. 18% more than United States
5.6
Ranked 88th.
Embezzlements 18,152
Ranked 3rd. 5% more than United States
17,300
Ranked 4th.
Judges and Magistrates 1,330
Ranked 24th.
29,023
Ranked 3rd. 22 times more than United Kingdom
Perception of safety > Burglary 58%
Ranked 10th.
78%
Ranked 4th. 34% more than United Kingdom
Bribery victims 0.1%
Ranked 16th.
0.2%
Ranked 12th. Twice as much as United Kingdom
Reporting to police 53%
Ranked 5th. 2% more than United States
52%
Ranked 7th.
Car thefts per 1000 5.87
Ranked 5th. 35% more than United States
4.33
Ranked 11th.
Judges and Magistrates per million 22.42
Ranked 56th.
100.91
Ranked 31st. 5 times more than United Kingdom
Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 37.35
Ranked 50th.
75.54
Ranked 10th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 45.61
Ranked 32nd. 2% more than United States
44.84
Ranked 33th.
Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 27.22
Ranked 49th.
32.55
Ranked 31st. 20% more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 43.09
Ranked 39th. 2% more than United States
42.08
Ranked 43th.
Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen 41.99
Ranked 69th.
59.02
Ranked 33th. 41% more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 31.83
Ranked 64th.
42.04
Ranked 45th. 32% more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 42.18
Ranked 51st.
45.01
Ranked 47th. 7% more than United Kingdom
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 53.35
Ranked 75th.
65.22
Ranked 44th. 22% more than United Kingdom
Crime levels 48
Ranked 42nd.
55.84
Ranked 30th. 16% more than United Kingdom
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 50.97
Ranked 43th.
57.93
Ranked 28th. 14% more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 50.72
Ranked 47th. 21% more than United States
41.84
Ranked 60th.
Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 19.71
Ranked 91st.
42.45
Ranked 69th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 81.85
Ranked 40th. 9% more than United States
75.24
Ranked 57th.

Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 54.57
Ranked 27th.
61.82
Ranked 19th. 13% more than United Kingdom
Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 42.87
Ranked 52nd.
48.52
Ranked 39th. 13% more than United Kingdom
Perception of safety > Walking in dark 70%
Ranked 12th.
82%
Ranked 2nd. 17% more than United Kingdom
Suicide rates > Ages 35-44 11.4 per 100,000 people
Ranked 16th.
15.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 12th. 34% more than United Kingdom
Suicide rates > Ages 45-54 9.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 16th.
14.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 13th. 54% more than United Kingdom
Suicide rates > Ages 55-64 7.9 per 100,000 people
Ranked 17th.
13.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 13th. 68% more than United Kingdom
Total crime victims 26.4%
Ranked 3rd. 25% more than United States
21.1%
Ranked 15th.
Suicide rates > Ages 15-24 6.7 per 100,000 people
Ranked 15th.
13.7 per 100,000 people
Ranked 7th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Suicide rates > Ages 25-34 10.6 per 100,000 people
Ranked 14th.
15.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th. 44% more than United Kingdom
Murders committed by youths per capita 0.9
Ranked 53th.
11
Ranked 14th. 12 times more than United Kingdom
Suicide rates > Ages above 75 9.2 per 100,000 people
Ranked 16th.
22 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Suicide rates > Ages 65-74 7.5 per 100,000 people
Ranked 17th.
15.3 per 100,000 people
Ranked 11th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Total crimes per 1000 109.96
Ranked 4th. 3 times more than United States
41.29
Ranked 22nd.
Murders with firearms per million 0.236
Ranked 44th.
32.57
Ranked 10th. 138 times more than United Kingdom
Prisoners per 1000 1.33 prisoners
Ranked 65th.
7.02 prisoners
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than United Kingdom
Murders committed by youths per million 2.37
Ranked 59th.
29.48
Ranked 16th. 12 times more than United Kingdom
Jails per million 2.43
Ranked 63th.
5.42
Ranked 24th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Adults prosecuted per 1000 26.49
Ranked 6th.
49.38
Ranked 2nd. 86% more than United Kingdom
Frauds per 1000 6.04
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than United States
1.29
Ranked 24th.
Embezzlements per million 305.97
Ranked 20th. 5 times more than United States
60.15
Ranked 39th.
Violent crime > Intentional homicides > Per 100,000 people 1.17
Ranked 95th.
4.75
Ranked 43th. 4 times more than United Kingdom

Property crime victims 12.2%
Ranked 4th. 22% more than United States
10%
Ranked 7th.

SOURCES: 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); UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute). 2002. Correspondence on data on crime victims. March. Turin; UN International Crime Victims' Survey; 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); World Health Organization: World report on violence and health, 2002; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study; World Health Organisation.; 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). Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; 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). Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; crime; GECD Society at a Glance 2001, Statistical Annex Table D3; 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). Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; World Health Organization: World report on violence and health, 2002. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; UN Office on Drugs and Crime's International Homicide Statistics database.

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Crimes in developed countries are generally fewer than those of developed and underdeveloped countries. However, development does not automatically translate to universal peace. In the US for instance, crimes are widespread (though not as widespread as less developed countries), but this is primarily because of two facts: first, the country has a huge population; secondly, this population is racially mixed.

Although American observers note that the number of violent crimes is still high, there have been significant drops in reported criminal commissions. Crimes in the country rose significantly after the Second World War, but the number dropped in the 1990s. Researches indicate that this number is continually dropping. According to the FBI report, a murder is committed every half an hour; this is actually a 0.6% drop from the previous years.

In the UK, a declining trend is also noted by social environment researchers and authorities. By February 2014, all reported crimes have declined in numbers from that of the previous month.

However, trends that apply on one region may not necessarily apply to the other. While the country has seen a declining rate for anti-social behaviors, the case is not true in Northern Ireland. Official statistics indicate an increase of 0.002% from January to February for the said crime. Generally, nonetheless, official criminal estimates suggest an improvement since the past decade.

Posted on 07 Apr 2014

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