What crimes do Americans worry about most?

Per Gallup, when it comes to crime, Americans worry most about cybercrime and identity theft.

Beyond that, there are a wide array of additional crimes of concern including auto theft, burglary, being assaulted or burglarized or sexually assaulted or murdered.

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When you have approximately 20 to 40 percent of Americans worried about being victimized by street crime, and 65 percent concerned about cybercrime, it explains a lot as to our crime policies and our views of criminality.

There is a considerable amount of media coverage given to terrorism, but more Americans are concerned about a burglary or their car stolen or broken into.

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The same can be said about hate crimes; more are worried about being a victim of violence.

There is, however, a considerable difference between concern and what actually happens in terms of personal victimization:

For an overview of personal and household criminal victimization from Gallup, see Crime in America.

For a comprehensive overview of crime in the US, see Crime in America.




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Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. – Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ Certificate of Advanced Study-Johns Hopkins University.