Do We Need More Crime Prevention
1.2 Million Violent Crimes 7.9 Million Property Crimes
The report showed there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S. last year. Though the violent crime numbers rose from 2015 to 2016, the five-year and 10-year trends show an increase from 2012 (up 2.6 percent) and a decrease from 2007 (down 12.3 percent).
About 7.9 million property crimes were reported to the UCR, with losses (excluding arson) of about $15.6 billion.
Crime prevention experts will say that prevention will pay for itself. A facial recognition company, FaceFirst.com estimates that $45 billion is lost in retail alone by crime. They claim that employing facial recognition technology will reduce crime by over 20%. If your neighborhood, home or business had 100% surveillance, would a intruder burglarize your property?