The police do not stop crimes before they occur. ("Minority Report" was fiction.) Typically, the police aren't even called until after the crime has been committed. Even if they are called while the crime is in progress, it can take them some time to arrive at the scene. This isn't a dig at cops; it is just a recognition of the circumstances they work under.
- Homicide: One person is murdered every 31 minutes.2
- Rape: One person is raped every 1.9 minutes.3
- Aggravated Assault: One person is assaulted every 36.9 seconds.4
- LarcenyTheft: One home is victimized by theft every 4.8 seconds.5
- Burglary: One home is burglarized every 18 seconds.6
- Domestic Violence: One woman is victimized by an intimate partner every 52 seconds. One man is victimized every 3.5 minutes.7
- Child Abuse and Neglect: One child is reported abused or neglected every 34.9 seconds.8
- Drunk Driving: One person is killed in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 40.4 minutes.9
- Identity Fraud: One person becomes a victim of identity theft every 4.9 seconds.10
- Elder Abuse: One elderly person is victimized by a violent crime every 4.2 minutes.11
- Hate Crime: One hate crime is reported to the police every 69 minutes.12
If Warren Buffet can be the victim of a home invasion, what makes you think your neighborhood is too nice to permit the possibility of crime? Self-defense is a human right.
The fine print:
1 NOTE: All calculations were conducted by the National Center for Victims of Crime utilizing the data from sources cited.
2 Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States, 2007: Murder,” (Washington, DC: GPO, 2007),
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/offenses/violent_crime/murder_homicide.html (accessed August 14, 2008).
Shannan M. Catalano and Michael Rand, “Criminal Victimization, 2006,” (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2007), 3,
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/cv06.pdf (accessed August 14, 2008).
4 Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States, 2007,” Table 1.
6 Ibid., Table 23.
7 Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006: Statistical Tables,” (Washington, DC: Bureau of
Justice Statistics, 2007), Table 37, Table 43a, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/cvus06.pdf (accessed September 11, 2008).
8 Children’s Bureau, “Child Maltreatment, 2006,” (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007), 26,
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm06/cm06.pdf (accessed August 14, 2008).
9 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment—Highlights,” (Washington, DC: U.S.
Department of Transportation, 2008), Table 3, http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/nhtsa_static_file_downloader.jsp?
file=/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/NCSA/Content/RNotes/2008/811017.pdf (accessed August 28, 2008).
10 Mary T. Monahan, “2007 Identity Fraud Survey Report,” (Pleasanton, CA: Javelin Study and Research Survey, 2007),
http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/idtheftsurveys.htm (accessed August 14, 2008).
11 Catalano, “Criminal Victimization,” 4.
12 Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Hate Crime Statistics, 2006,” (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, 2007), Table 1, http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2006/incidents.html (accessed August 29, 2008).