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Americans’ Anxiety About Crime Is Rebounding

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Gallup just released its latest Crime Survey, finding Americans’ anxiety about experiencing various types of crimes has returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Some highlights:

The percentages of U.S. adults who report “frequently” or “occasionally” worrying about being a victim of the 13 specific types of crimes (e.g., muggings, car jackings, murders, etc.) Gallup has measured since 2000 have all increased by between five and nine points over the past year, however, cybercrimes remain the most worrying.

According to Gallup, 74% of Americans at least occasionally worry about having their personal, credit card, or financial information stolen, including 39% who frequently worry about it. The survey also found that 72% report at least occasionally worrying about having their identity stolen, including 35% who do so frequently.

Of the crimes mentioned in the survey, the next highest percentage of those who at least occasionally worry about it is the 42% who fear their home being burglarized, including the 16% who frequently worry about it.

Some truth to it:

Americans’ anxiety about crime victimization coincides with another portion of the survey finding that 23% of U.S. adults say they or someone in their household has been a victim of a crime in the past 12 months, three percentage points higher than the 21-year low of 20% in 2020.

Still, there’s reason for optimism. Gallup found the 2020 and 2021 reported household crime rates are still lower than they were at any point from 2009 to 2016, when the rates ranged from 26% to 29%.

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