Is the incidence of home invasions higher in UK or US?

Started Jan 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
jivers Regular Member • Posts: 277
Re: Jules, you missed the point.

Mark Smith wrote:

CraigWestly wrote:

JulesJ wrote:

Twit. These figures are dubious to say the leat not to mention that you left out the majority of the statistics where the US came of much worse that the UK. Like

Drug offences

Murder by Youths

Murders with Firearms

and prisoners.

Nice try, but a bit stupid on your part Phud.

My OP was intended to probe the idea that gun ownership could favor the homeowner in this limited sense. Here's a link that suggests the UK is worse off:

Home Invasions US vs UK

Which is a blog, which instead of using government stats references another blog from an American source.

Here's some US stats

  • According to the FBI, Home Break-In (Burglary) is the most common threat to our home.
  • In the U.S. a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds.

Doesn't sound that safe.

In the USA there were over 2.5 million burglaries last year and 2,500 cars stolen per day.

In the UK the official figures are here:

In the UK around 70,000 per annum are burgled, with around 12,000 car thefts.

Make that 700,000 - if you measure against the total number of households (or population) the rate is pretty close. About 1 in 50 homes is burgled in a year in UK and 1 in 45 by your numbers in the US. In fact most crime rates work out very similar, except murders.

Of course they're just stats, and they need to be spread across demographics the UK is more populous than the US in people per sq. mile and the US has more people so I guess they might be similar.

Main issue in UK is number of working couples (out all day) and singles (similar) and greater average population density and urbanisation levels (most crime occurs in cities).

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