Property Crime in the USA

8 Million Property Crimes each year across the USA

$14.3 billion dollars lost to property crimes each year across the USA

These statistics come direct from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report that is issued each year about Crime in the United States. The section that is most important is the property crime section.

Property crime includes burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft. These numbers do not include robbery. The differences are explained at the bottom of this article.

The object of all these offenses is to take money or property, however where there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

The report states that nearly 2.5% of the American people are affected by these crimes every year. On the subway in New York on the way to work, there will be more than 6 people in your subway car alone that either have or will be victims of property crimes this year.

The scary part? These figures are only those that are voluntarily disclosed to the FBI under their UCR program. There are many that are not disclosed and many further still that go unreported.

On top of those non-violent crimes there were also more than 300,000 robberies where force or firearms were used.

It is vital that every homeowner protects their property and their loved ones. This isn’t always possible to do in person. A well specified security camera system comprising of top quality cameras, recorder and accessories can help! Of course, the best scenario is that of a deterrent whereby the crime is never committed. As the homeowner you never need to go through the distress of being a victim. Security camera systems are proven to be a great deterrent. Overt systems are great as a deterrent. These are where people can see the cameras. There may also be a yard sign showing your system is present.

If however you are one of the unfortunate 2.5% of the population then your security camera system will give you the best chance of bringing that person to justice.

Here at Orange Security we understand that protecting your loved ones and your home is very important and we stock a comprehensive range of security camera products to make that happen. If you are not sure what you need, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Explanation of Terms


These 2 offenses are generally merged. Theft is when there is an unauthorized taking of property from another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. Larceny is when a person unlawfully takes and carries away another person’s personal property without consent and with the intention to permanently deprive the owner.


This is the unlawful entry into a structure with the intent to commit a crime while inside. The crime can be anything including theft or anything else you can think of. A person can be charged with burglary even if the intended crime was not committed. For burglary to have been committed unlawful entry doesn’t need to have been accomplished by breaking and entering. It must just be unlawful e.g. trespass through an unlocked door.


This is theft accomplished through the use of physical force or fear.

Data source: FBI: UCR – Crime in the United States

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