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France

France Crime Stats

Background:

Surveys in France have revealed that 21.4% of French nationals claim to have been a victim of crime, and with a population of over 65 million, that means almost 14 million people. In 2002, there were 3.7 million total crimes reported in the country, the 4th highest in the world, behind the US (11.8 million), the UK (6.52 million) and Germany (6.51 million). However violent crime remains low, with only 91 murders committed by youths in 2002, a minute figure when compared to nations of smaller populations, like Colombia (12,834) and Venezuela (2,090).

Definitions

  • 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.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Kidnappings: Number of kidnappings recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Murders: Number of convictions for intentional homicides in the given year.
  • Murders > Per capita: Number of convictions for intentional homicides in the given year. Per capita figures expressed per 1 million population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Burglaries 622.4 2004 4th out of 19
Car thefts 301,539 2002 3rd out of 73
Illicit drugs transshipment point for and consumer of South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and European synthetics 2011
Kidnappings 3.53 2006 11th out of 57
Murder rate 1.31 2008
Murders 494% 2006 6th out of 38
Murders > Per capita 8.09 per 1 million people 2006 27th out of 37
Prisoners 56,957 prisoners 2002 25th out of 168
Prisoners > Per capita 95 per 100,000 people 2003 95th out of 164
Rape rate 16.6 2009 10th out of 51
Rape victims 0.7% 2002 10th out of 20
Rapes 10,277 2009 1st out of 51
Robberies 10.8 2004 14th out of 16
Software piracy rate 42% 2007 82nd out of 106
Total crimes 3.77 million 2002 4th out of 82

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; 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); International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief; UN Crime Stats; UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute). 2002. Correspondence on data on crime victims. March. Turin; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

Citation

"France Crime Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/France/Crime

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