Crime rate statistics indicate an increase in both violent crimes and property crimes in most areas of the United States. Armed robbery continues to be reported at an alarming rate across the country. In addition, armed robberies of financial institutions are also on the increase based on statistics from previous years.
Ironically, property crimes committed in the absence of victim and perpetrator contact have also increased. Crimes like identity theft and theft through online banking have also increased significantly in recent times due to the availability of anonymity for offenders.
Many people in the law enforcement field believe that criminals will begin to lean toward those types of crimes in order to avoid being identified and apprehended as easily as when the crime is committed in person. In the meantime, violent crime rates continue to increase in concurrence with other types of property crime. Statistically, the increase in these crimes can be paralleled with the difficult economic times being experienced by many members of society.
Many armed robberies occur in financial institutions such as banks and credit unions. Crime rate statistics indicate that in banks, armed robbery is likely to happen in the early morning hours. In fact, bank employees tend to be especially vigilant during the morning hours. Whereas, armed robbery in convenience stores and other businesses tend to happen in the late evening hours when there is likely to be few witnesses.
In order for the perpetrator to avoid having their voice be recorded on surveillance tapes, armed robbery often involves a demand note in order to get their victims to comply with all of their demands. Many times the combination of a deadly weapon, perceived or actual, with a demand note results in quick victim compliance during an armed robbery.
Although crime rate statistics show that assault occurs rather frequently during armed robberies, murders are less common. In fact, the perpetrator is statistically more likely to be killed than the victims. It is also not very common for perpetrators to leave the robbery location while holding a victim hostage, unless law enforcement has already responded to the scene.
Crime rate statistics do not always paint a clear picture. First, each State may define and classify crimes differently. Also, success rates for solving crimes can be affected by many intervening factors, such as a suspect being apprehended in another State.
Generally, injuries that occur from armed robberies tend to be employees of banks or businesses or the perpetrators themselves, whereas deaths that result form armed robbery tend to include perpetrators or police officers as victims.
Regardless of crime rate statistics, armed robbery and other violent crimes continue to be a problem in this country. Even with laws that have provided for harsher sentencing guidelines, criminals continue to take part in these types of crimes