Top 7 Most Common Crimes In The United States

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Last updated on September 30th, 2023 at 07:35 am

United States United States – A crime is an unlawful act which occurs everywhere. The United States is no exception. According to the Global Peace Index 2021, the United States is ranked 117th on the list of safe countries. What are some of the most common crimes in the US? Let’s discover!

Top 7 most common crimes in the US

Property crime

Property crime is very common in the United States. Property crime consists of theft and destruction of properties. Property crimes outnumbered violent crimes in the US in 2020. Reportedly, 48,118 total property crimes were projected for FY 2019-2020. Usually, no people are physically hurt during the crime.

Theft and Larceny

Theft and larceny are quite common in the US. It happens to 1,549.5 out of every 100,000 people in the US. Theft and larceny include stealing from a store, stealing an item from another person, stealing from a house or pick-pocketing.


Burglary means trespassing on private property or intending to steal. This crime can occur on any private property. Over half of homes in the U.S. are victims of burglary.

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Vehicle theft

If you don’t lock your car or have a secure system, your car is at risk of being stolen in the US. The cost of motor vehicle theft was $7.4 billion in 2020. In the first 30 days of 2022, 1151 vehicles were stolen.

Violent crime

Violent crimes have increased in the US in recent years. Aggravated assault is the most common violent crime in America. Violent crimes have also reached unprecedented numbers in the past few years. Over 40 per cent of Americans now rate gun violence as a top issue.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is one of the top 7 crimes in the United States. Rape occurs to roughly 43 people per 100,000. There are over 463,000 rape victims in America every year. Child sexual abuse also takes place in the US.


Homicide has increased significantly in the US in recent years. In 2020, the U.S. experienced a record number of gun murders. In the first few months of 2022, more than 17000 people, including 650 children, were shot and killed in the United States.

These are the top 7 most common crimes in the US. What do you think about the US?

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