Where Do Criminal Offenses Typically Occur? Our Homes!

[Understand that the data provided by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program does not consist of all criminal records.  The data is supplied by participating local, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.  Therefore, in the following analysis, the percentages should be given more consideration, assuming the UCR data is representative of the nation’s criminal records.]

Home sweet home.

We typically think of our homes as places of relaxation, comfort, and refuge.  And indeed, they are…for the most part.  However, 2011-2016 data provided by the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program shows that, on average, 63% of criminal offenses, including assault, sex offenses, homicide, and kidnapping/abduction,[1] occur in the home.  On average, over 828,000 offenses occur within the home each year.  The 2nd and 3rd most common locations aren’t even close, with highways/streets coming in at over 154,000 and schools coming in at over 54,000.


When we look at the yearly average occurrence by offense, we see that the vast majority are assault at over 1.2 million.  That’s about 92% of offenses.  Sex offenses makes up about 6% at over 79,000.


Based on the 2016 data alone, the following percentages for each offense occurred in the home.


If we look at the top two offenses – assault and sex offense – by the top three locations – home, highway/street, and school – both offenses have a majority of occurrences in the home.


The privacy of our homes makes it a place of relaxation, comfort, and refuge.  However, it also seems to make it a most likely place for offenses to be committed.

[Developed using Tableau Public. You can view the story here.]


[1] I excluded human trafficking from the data as it is a fairly new area that has been added to the UCR program.  They only had data for 2013-2016 and the figures seemed low to me.






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