The United States leads the world in one very unfortunate statistical category - crime. The truth is that we are not nearly as "moral" and "law abiding" as we would like to think that we are. In fact, more crimes are committed in the United States than anywhere else in the world, and more people are in prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world. The U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of murders, rapes and robberies, and that is only going to get worse as the U.S. economy continues to come apart. That is one reason why so many people are stocking up on home and personal security equipment. When people are desperate, they will do things that they never even imagined that they would do. As more people lose their jobs and lose their homes an increasing number of them will turn to crime.
The following are some really sobering statistics about crime in the United States....
*There are nearly 12 million crimes committed in the United States every single year. That is by far the worst in the world. No other country has more than about 6 million reported crimes per year.
*There are currently over 2.2 million people in prison in the United States. The U.S. leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's incarcerated population.
*The United States also has 100,000 rapes every single year. That is the highest number for any of the countries in the United Nations.
*There are approximately 500,000 robberies in the United States every single year. However, this is only the second highest number among the countries belonging to the United Nations.
*There are about one million police officers in the United States - the highest number in the world.
*There are over 17,000 murders in the United States every single year, and that number is only going to go up as the economy crashes and people become more desperate.
*There are over 1.2 million car thefts in the United States every single year - by far the most in the world.
*One out of every five people is a victim of a crime every year in the United States. Once again, this is the worst rate in the world.