February 21, 2024

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from JWR. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. In today’s column, an update on crime statistics.

Murder Rates – By County

The map above, shows U.S. Murder Rates in 2022, (by County) is courtesy of a Reddit Maps Group. Notably, the only counties in the entire American Redoubt region marked in red (with a murder rate above 7.3 per 100,000) were in Montana  — namely Glacier, Roosevelt, Rosebud, and Big Horn Counties. Not surprisingly, most of those counties tend to vote Democrat, have high alcoholism rates, and also have a lot of minority low-income families.

From the same Reddit group: Distribution of murder rates across the world.

Car and Truck Theft Rates

Value Penguin has updated this web page: Vehicle Theft Statistics by State.  From the web page’s intro:

“Motor vehicle thefts are on the rise, with a 25.1% increase since 2019. In fact, nearly 2 vehicles are stolen every minute. But where are vehicle thefts most common — and which makes are most often stolen?

This study goes over both motor vehicle thefts and motorcycle thefts.”

Burglary Statistics 2023: Trends and Insights

From Insurify: Burglary Statistics 2023: Trends and Insights.


10 Cities With the Highest Home Break-Ins.

Robbery Rates, Worldwide

Some old, but useful statistics: Robbery rate – Country rankings.

Shoplifting Statistics

The Capital One company posted this: Retail Theft (Shoplifting) Statistics. A quote:

“Stores lost $112.1 billion to retail theft in 2022; projections indicate shoplifting could cost retailers over $140 billion in 2025.”

Drug-Related Crime Statistics

85 Drug-Related Crime Statistics & Facts. A fair use excerpt:

  • Around 16% of all homicides in the United States are drug-related. (Source: Drug Enforcement Administration)
  • Drug offenses make up the largest category of offenses for which people are incarcerated in the United States, at 46.1%. (Source: Prison Policy Initiative)
  • In 2019, 17 million Americans aged 12 and older reported using illicit drugs in the past month. (Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
  • There were over 1.5 million drug-related arrests in the United States in 2018. (Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation)


DEA Clandestine Drug Lab Data. JWR’s Comment:  Note the big hole in the map for the American Redoubt.

Those Big City Murders

Murders are becoming even more concentrated in a handful of urban counties, report shows.  A pericope:

“Murders in the U.S. are becoming increasingly concentrated in densely populated urban centers in just a handful of counties, according to a newly released report.

Some 73% of all murders in the U.S. took place in just 5% of counties while 52% of all counties reported no murders at all, according to a Crime Prevention Research Center study published this week and provided to Fox News Digital.

‘Murders in the United States occur in very small areas, and that concentration has increased since 2014,’ the study stated. ‘The concentration in 2020 is now greater than in 2010.’”

Map of Safest U.S. States

Safest States In America For 2021 based on FBI crime data.

FBI Crime Data

FBI Crime Data Explorer. Note: Some of this data has not been updated since May, 2023.

City-By-City Crime Statistics

For some detailed (albeit slightly dated) data, see: City Data Crime Statistics.

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