Home Invasion Facts

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Though the term “home invasion” is used extensively by the media to describe a certain type of crime, only a few states have laws that define and punish a crime called “home invasion.”

In the United States, FBI reports do not address “home invasion” crimes. On the other hand, FBI reports do show that the crime rate for robbery, one aspect of home invasion, fell every year from 1991 to 2011, with a slight increase in the first six months of 2012. The “rate of robbery” shown in FBI statistics reflects the number of robberies per 100,000 population. See Home Invasion Statistics and Definitions from the FBI.

In 2011, the last year for which full statistics are available, the robbery rate in the United States was at its lowest level since 1968 (1960 is the first year in which FBI statistics were compiled).

The highest rate of robbery was in 1991. From then, until the first six months of 2012, the robbery rate fell steadily. It rose again slightly in 2001, at which time the annual robbery rate began to fluctuate slightly — some years up a bit, some years down — though the robbery rate since 2001 has remained at about half the rate of the 1991 high.

A sizeable percentages of crimes reported by the media as “home invasions” appear to involve one gang/group of drug dealers forcing entry into the home of another gang/group to retrieve drugs and or cash from the sale of drugs.

Some “home invasion statistics” on the Internet are bogus. Check out Zanran for additional crime statistics.

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