5 Trending Crimes in the United States and How to Respond
In the United States and indeed the world over, crime remains one of the phenomena that besets us occasionally and disrupts our daily lives. The reasons why those who perpetrate crimes do them vary from revenge to drugs, among other things. In the year 2020 alone, the crimes index for rape was 41.7%, Roberry was at 98%, while aggravated assault went overboard with 248.9%. Going by the backdrop of this saddening statistics, it is important to state the trending crimes in the USA and how to tackle them.
Although rape has various descriptions, it is generally described as a form of sexual assault that involves sexual intercourse or penetration against the person’s will. Statistically, a woman is a victim of rape in the USA every two minutes, while 32% of women and 10% of men have reportedly been victims of sexual assault during their childhood.
Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter is also a menace that is popular in the USA. The state of Louisiana occupies the first place as the one with the worst murder rates; it boasts of 14.4 murders per 100,000 residents. Similarly, the state of Alabama has the highest rate of non-negligent manslaughter, with 20.13 manslaughters per 100,000 residents
In what constitutes some disturbing statistics, it has been discovered that in every state in the USA, there is an arson rate of 13.3 per 100,000 residents.
The most recent statistics put the state of New Mexico in pole position when it comes to burglary. Facts show us that the state of New Mexico has a burglary rate of 696.8 occurrences per 100,000 residents, with the state of Oklahoma following closely behind.
In 2020, when the pandemic was raging, it was discovered that the rate of aggravated assault cases skyrocketed, particularly in states like California and Texas that were leading in cases of aggravated assaults prior to the time.
These leading crimes in the USA and the accompanying statistics are disturbing, hence the need to find a way to respond. Here are some ways to respond.
Widespread usage of drug courts
Drug courts that employ both judicial supervision and drug abuse treatment are becoming well-known as effective means of combating crimes. Being that drug abuse is one of the reasons behind committing crimes, it has been discovered, over a five-year research, that those who have gone through the drug courts and are less likely to go back to doing drugs and committing crimes.
Monitoring public surveillance cameras
The public surveillance cameras are not meant for aesthetics alone. Hence if we seek to respond proactively towards reducing crime rates in the United States, public surveillance cameras must be monitored regularly to prevent crimes; as we all know, the popular vocabulary tells us that prevention is better than cure.
There are other ways to respond to crimes trending in the USA, to curtail them. However, beyond that, people must receive orientation and re-orientation of the evils that a life of crime brings. Similarly, idleness should be discouraged as much as possible. As a popular saying goes, an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.