Don Karl Juravin (JURAVIN RESEARCH) conducted a world’s thorough study of the crime rates comparing 230 countries, particularly theft and burglary. The theory is that the region with the least number of break-ins and robberies would be the safest place to live. Overall, Juravin determined that even developed first world countries had terrible crime rates that belied the first world country status.
World Theft Statistics (by Don Karl Juravin)
- In one year, the United States had 6,135,529 thefts.
- In that same year, the top three countries in Europe–Italy, Germany, and France–had 3,553,105 thefts.
- Israel, on the other hand, had a low 72,706 thefts.
- The robbery was most common in South Africa, and in the Americas.
- Europe, North Africa, and Oceania were at an average for theft.
Theft and assault have increased over a period of ten years, claims Don Juravin.
Comparing USA Vs. Europe’s top countries (Germany, France, Italy) Vs. Israel
- Israel’s theft at the national level is 1.74 times better than the world average
- Israel’s theft at the national level is 2.1 times better than the USA
- Israel’s theft at the national level is 1.84 times better than Euro-top
Assuming 2011 population of USA 311.6 mil, Israel 7.766 mil, Euro-top 206.3 mil (Germany 80.33 mil, France 65.34 mil, Italy 60.63 mil):
- Israel: 72,706 thefts
- Euro-top: 3,553,105 thefts
- USA: 6,135,529 thefts
The most common type of larceny-theft from the United States is the theft of items from motor vehicles. However, according to surveys, those who were polled responded that they believed there was more crime in the current year than before. This could be due to a number of psychological reasons. But Juravin believes that it is simply because less crime is reported.
Larceny is considered to be the unlawful taking of property other than a motor vehicle from the possession of another, by stealth, without force or deceit. This includes pickpocketing, purse snatching, shoplifting, and thefts from motor vehicles.
Theft is the completed stealing of property or cash, but without personal contact with the owner. If the offender has a legal right to be on the property, then it is considered theft. But if the offender has no right to be on the property, then it is breaking and entering, and burglary.
The most common time for burglary was between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. This is probably because most people are away from their houses at this time, in their offices or places of work.
While many people believe they will be robbed at night, nighttime burglaries, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., only accounted for 17% of all burglaries.
Burglars typically come in through the front door, the side door, or the basement door. The second most common way of gaining entry is through a first-floor window. However, sometimes that isn’t necessary. Many homeowners leave their doors unlocked.
Summertime was also the peak time for robbery. Burglaries rose to 10% in the United States between June and August. The days are longer, and the weather is nicer. It’s not as nice to be out and about in the winter when it’s cold and brutal outside.
The state with the most reported burglaries is New Mexico, joined by Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. These are states with lower populations and rural areas. The more populated states, like New York and California, experience fewer burglaries.
Burglars are more likely to target upstairs bedrooms, where they look for jewelry and cash. Most burglars do not aim to steal electronics, probably because of the bulky and fragile nature of televisions and computers. Anything of value that would fit in a pocket and help the burglar not to be seen would be taken.
Most people who are robbed typically lose the monetary equivalent of two months of rent, or mortgage, or two weeks’ pay.