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Crime > Total crimes: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff editor

At first glance, the United States appears to stand out in this statistic, having four times as many crimes as Germany which is next on the list. However this is misleading as the population of the United States is about four times as high as the population of Germany. As a country with a high population is likely to have more crime (there are more people to commit crimes), this statistic should br viewed per capita. In per capita ranking, the United States falls to number 8, between the United Kingdom (No. 6)and Germany(No. 12).

Willingness to report crime and confidence in the police and legal system influence the rate of reported crime. Over half of U.S citizens feel that they can report crime to the police, and 73% have confidence in the police and the legal system. In addition to this, the United States has the highest ranking for belief in police efficiency with 89% of respondents stating that the police do a good job in controlling crime in their area.

DEFINITION: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United States 11.88 million 2002
2 United Kingdom 6.52 million 2002
3 Germany 6.51 million 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 5.18 million 2002
4 France 3.77 million 2002
5 Russia 2.95 million 2002
6 Japan 2.85 million 2002
7 South Africa 2.68 million 2002
8 Canada 2.52 million 2002
9 Italy 2.23 million 2002
10 India 1.76 million 2002
High income OECD countries average (profile) 1.66 million 2002
11 South Korea 1.54 million 2002
12 Mexico 1.52 million 2002
13 Netherlands 1.42 million 2002
14 Poland 1.4 million 2002
15 Argentina 1.34 million 2002
16 Sweden 1.23 million 2002
NATO countries average (profile) 1.09 million 2002
European Union average (profile) 1.03 million 2002
Eurozone average (profile) 980,988.22 2002
17 Belgium 973,548 2002
18 Spain 923,271 2002
Europe average (profile) 816,769.44 2002
Emerging markets average (profile) 743,210.43 2002
19 Chile 593,997 2002
20 Thailand 565,108 2002
21 Ukraine 553,594 2002
22 Austria 552,411 2002
23 Finland 520,194 2002
24 Denmark 491,026 2002
25 New Zealand 427,230 2002
26 Hungary 420,782 2002
27 Czech Republic 372,341 2002
28 Zimbabwe 351,153 2002
29 Norway 330,071 2002
30 Romania 312,204 2002
31 Switzerland 307,631 2002
32 Turkey 286,482 2002
33 Morocco 283,702 2002
34 Venezuela 236,165 2002
35 Portugal 218,360 2002
36 Colombia 214,192 2002
37 Malaysia 167,173 2002
38 Peru 161,621 2002
39 Bulgaria 148,915 2002
40 Uruguay 134,010 2002
41 Belarus 132,867 2002
42 Tunisia 130,375 2002
43 Slovakia 107,373 2002
44 Greece 102,783 2002
45 Croatia 101,853 2002
46 Lithuania 92,646 2002
47 Philippines 85,776 2002
48 Saudi Arabia 84,599 2002
49 Slovenia 81,697 2002
50 Ireland 81,274 2002
51 Hong Kong 80,592 2002
52 Iceland 60,242 2002
53 Zambia 59,426 2002
54 Estonia 57,799 2002
55 Latvia 49,329 2002
56 El Salvador 44,762 2002
57 Costa Rica 40,263 2002
58 Jamaica 39,188 2002
59 Kyrgyzstan 38,620 2002
60 Moldova 36,302 2002
61 Mauritius 35,943 2002
62 Bolivia 31,138 2002
63 Luxembourg 26,046 2002
64 Yemen 24,066 2002
65 Panama 21,058 2002
66 Republic of Macedonia 19,814 2002
67 Kuwait 19,350 2002
68 Burma 18,301 2002
69 Malta 17,023 2002
70 Azerbaijan 15,520 2002
71 Georgia 15,029 2002
72 Papua New Guinea 13,292 2002
73 Cyprus 13,023 2002
74 Armenia 12,048 2002
75 Oman 11,782 2002
76 Nepal 8,872 2002
77 Dominica 7,857 2002
78 Maldives 7,026 2002
79 Qatar 5,838 2002
80 Albania 5,303 2002
81 Seychelles 4,297 2002
82 Montserrat 751 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Crime > Total crimes. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", 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). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Total-crimes

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