Crime and Punishment [infographic]

July 17, 2012 |  by  |  Crime

Crime is a large issue, regardless of what city you live in. High crime rates are obviously scary, but crime can strike anyone at any time, regardless of the statistics. Anyone can become one of those little figures in the equation. This infographic sites important information regarding crime, including how often homes get broken into (every three seconds) and how frequent various kinds of assaults occur (every 20 seconds for violent crime, every 35 seconds for aggravated assault.

While these facts are scary and a bit debilitating, the infographic also sites ways to stay on top of crime. Families need to stay protected. Knowing where your children are is a key component to safety. Have a trusting relationship with your child, be prepared for disasters and communicate safety concerns to your children.

Infographers, how do you keep your children safe? [Via]

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  • A B

    Charts like these are, to use a single word, misleading.  I could also add “error-filled”, “terroristic”, etc.

    First, the intro to the chart speaks of “crime rates”.  Completely undefined.  The chart uses all sorts of uncorrelated statistics.  Crimes/year? crimes/homes? crimes/person? What? Better reporting and widespread media coverage can make it seem as though crime is increasing, when it is the total number of crimes going up as the population increases while the actual number of crimes per person is decreasing.

    One box speaks of “1 in 5 homes [experiences] a home invasion … That’s 2,000,000 homes.”  So, in a country of 300,000,000 people we have 10,000,000 homes – 30 to a home on average.  Right.

    The next box, not even understanding what the one before it says mentions over 8,000 home invasions per day – that’s 2,920,000 home invasions per year.  Yet, the next box says there are 3.6 million home invasions annually.

    And how is a “home invasion” defined, anyway?  If we had 360,000,000 homes in the US (quite a lot for 300,000,000 people), that would be 1% of all of the homes in the US.  Sorry, but I doubt that  number.  I personally know of only one person burglarized in the last 50 years – me.  No family, friends, or acquaintances. 

    Even when the population doubles, if the crime rate stays the same (and it hasn’t been), your odds of being the victim of a crime stays the same also, even though the number of crimes doubles.

    Stats show the crime rate has been decreasing nationwide, particularly violent crime for nearly the last decade or two – even with a growing population.  We are only more aware of it because of better reporting and the widespread media.

    Crime sucks. But stop the propaganda.

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  • C D

    A B you are so right.  This chart is embarrassing.   Facts that must be wrong, are so clearly inconsistent, are placed right next to each other.  A lot of these charts (sorry but true) are very low quality, this is one of them.

  • A B

    By the way, Ms. Kilzer, the word is “cites” and not “sites”. At first I thought it was a typo, but you made the same mistake twice, implying you don’t know the difference between the two words.  Anyone posting any place other than a forum should know that it is extremely important to post grammatically correct and “spelling” correct articles since otherwise everyone of your many readers has to stumble around trying to figure out what you are trying to say.

  • leaton

    honestly, this is one of the poorest and exploitative…besides trying to wrongly scare the bejesus out of us, it’s poorly edited: “800,000: 800,000 children are reported missing every year. That is about 2 children every day.” No. 2 children every day would be 730 children–unless it’s a leap year, then it’s 731 children.