What Are Some of the Most Common Crimes in America?


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The most common crimes in the United States are larceny/theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault and robbery. Larceny/theft is the wrongful taking of goods from another and constitutes nearly 60 percent of crimes reported in the United States as of 2015, with more than 7 million occurrences every year.

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According to FBI statistics, a property crime occurs every three seconds in the United States, whereas a violent crimes occurs every 22 seconds. After property crimes (larceny, theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft), the next most prevalent crimes in the United States are drug abuse violations (possession, use, manufacture, sale of narcotics) and alcohol-related crimes (driving under the influence, drunkenness).

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