The Crimes Americans Worry About Most

Tyler Durden's picture

Even though 2017 is already the worst year for mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Americans are more worried about cybercrime than violent crime.

That's according to a new Gallup poll which found that 67 percent of U.S. adults frequently or occasionally fret about having personal, credit card or financial information stolen by hackers. 66 percent also worry about the threat presented by identity theft.

In comparison with cybercrime, Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that anxiety about conventional crime forms is less prevalent with a large gap to the third-biggest worry - having a car stolen or broken into. That's a frequent concern for 38 percent of people while 36 percent tend to worry about burglary when they are away from home.

Infographic: The Crimes Americans Worry About Most  | Statista

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More serious crimes such as muggings, murders and sexual assault are much further down the list, but why?

The reason cybercrime comes first is more than likely due to far higher levels of victimization, along with substantial coverage in the media. Gallup also found that a quarter of households have experienced hackers stealing their personal information while a mere three percent have experienced a burglary.

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zzzz88's picture

it is because of greed---people care money more than life,

just like central bank criminals,

they printed lot of paper money wealth, but created more killings around the world. 

more and bigger killings are coming if central banks do not stop printing paper money

TBT or not TBT's picture

Most Americans don't live in shitty neighborhoods but the great majority of us do have lives online, and the legals among us, easily 85%, have legit SSN's.  

stacking12321's picture

the 2 crimes i worry about:

being taxed

having my constitutionally guaranteed rights violated

wise_owl_says...'s picture

if everyone would do what is moral, correct and self empowering, ie, learn survival skills, save in gold, silver and especially supersonic shapely lead, store food, provide true unmortgaged shelter for family and understand hierarchy of universe, then almost no one would give a rats ass if internet disappeared tomarrow. internet is 100% satanic control. lazy lemmings like it that way, and love their digital fiat, so continue to worry!

TheEndIsNear's picture

For online Internet purchases I use Citibank "Virtual" credit card numbers. I generate a unique CC number for each purchase, which is only valid for the first party to use the number and no one else, and I set the expiration date and maximum amount of money that particular CC number is good for to whatever I want so that it's impossible to use that particular number for anything other than its intended purpose.

Buck Johnson's picture

Something to look into, never heard of this.


auricle's picture

Of course, government graft and theft did not make the list? Everything listed require government to fix it which it never will that is why they are always on the list. But if you give away more of your freedoms, the government will try harder to prevent some of these things from happening.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The government got hold of my Social Security Number too.  

LetThemEatRand's picture

We're right to be worried.  I personally had my identity stolen along with around $40K of cash and several credit lines.  I got it all back but it took over a year, and filing tax returns is still an extra pain in the ass (they also filed a fake tax return).  

TBT or not TBT's picture

Change your name to John Galt.    That'd throw them off.  

LetThemEatRand's picture

I think even John Galt had a checking account.  By all fictional accounts, he had a nice office.  That, or he made business deals and ran train operations via bitcoin.

TBT or not TBT's picture

And here I thought Galt's Gulch operated on bartering of ubermensch skills like metallurgy, architecture, and running train networks.  

LetThemEatRand's picture

I forgot that Ayn Rand's book skipped over the part where he cashed out his checking account to go to barter land.

Ms No's picture

Do people know that ponies are getting raped at children's zoos yet?  Apparently crime is evolving since ISIS began to be imported everywhere.  My biggest fear is that my dog might be raped.

Enceladus's picture

Seeing Hillary Clinton naked 200%

Gorgeous's picture

I'd like to see the demographics of the survey.  The results will vary hugely depending on age and location.  It doesn't make much sense for any stat to be quoted as "% of Americans".

Utopia Planitia's picture

Having your car stolen or broken into out here in WA State is something people are legitimately concerned about.  WHy? Because our demonrat governor(s) have decreed that it is not a "crime".  "Oh, your insurance will pay for that!" is their cry.  "Hence we are not going to WASTE law enforcement resources on such an insignificant event."  If you get caught while stealing a car you get a $150 gift certificate to Denny's (at taxpayer expense) and a ride (if you had not yet figured out how to start the stolen car).  Can you guess what  auto theft rates are? I have had 3 cars stolen in the last 3 yrs. No, insurance did not make me anyplace close to whole, and rates are skyrocketing.

3-fingered_chemist's picture

I'd recommend learning how to drive a stick or drive cars that are 15 years old minimum which basically have run the course of being worth stealing since no one wants the parts and the car is generally not even worth the two pennies one can rub together that have been under the driver seat for the last decade.

freedom1798's picture

People steal license plates and tags where I live.  I bought some of those license plate bolts with a rod sticking out of the middle.  A thief could steal them if he really wanted to, but I expect he would probably just choose some other car with normal bolts.  Also I remove the old tag completely, and burnish the new one onto my plate.  No way that tag can be stolen without destroying the tag.

Ajax_USB_Port_Repair_Service_'s picture

Around here, they use tin snips to cut the stickers off of the plates. Then, at their leisure, the crooks use some kind of solvent to remove the sticker from the metal piece of license plate.

freedom1798's picture

Geez, the mexicans will do anything to steal tags.

anonymike's picture

They can't even figure out how to drive an old truck with "three on the tree" :-)

dchang0's picture

Funny how they seem to think insurance premiums won't go up when car thefts go up. More politician math at work.

Eventually the only thing that will put a stop to it is for good people to escape to places where the rule of law still stands (even if it is leaning over), leaving behind the criminals to prey on each other.

40MikeMike's picture

I think we shouldn't have to move.


I think it would be acceptable to break the arms and legs of a car thief.


I'd do it in a heart beat if I wouldn't be charged.



Dougs Decks's picture

If you had 3 cars stolen in the last 3 years, you are an idiot,,, Either move, or start locking your doors,,, Mine is in the drive, keys in the ash tray, and shotgun is next to the door, with a shell waiting to be chambered,,, And you have 6 up-votes??? What the fuck is wrong with all of you people ???

40MikeMike's picture

With luck a stolen car will run down the Governor's family in a crosswalk, in front of same, and the evil stupid Democrat will come to its senses.


Democrats are stupid and make excuses for acts that destroy us all.


I'm ok with allowing scum to steal from liberals and progressives because they deserve it for being so fucking dumb.

freedom1798's picture

It all depends on where you live.  If you live in or near niggertown, then you have a whole set of different problems than if you live in the white suburbs.   Best to live where the nearest neighbor is at least ten miles away, have an arsenal of weapons, and a few guard dogs.

roddy6667's picture

That just gives the criminals a long time to rob your house when you are not home. Not a solution.

TheEndIsNear's picture

"Gallup also found that a quarter of households have experienced hackers stealing their personal information"

Wow, that's kind of hard to believe. I've had an African Fedex delivery man steal one of my pre-approved credit cards back in the days when it wasn't necessary to activate them prior to use and try to pay a hotel bill with it, and some scumbag clerk in Deadwood, Oregon try to use my credit card number to buy some women's clothing from the Internet that she must have obtained from the carbon copy imprint of my credit card they were using before electronic readers became ubiquitous, but in both cases the credit card company notified me immediately, cancelled the credit card number and issued me a new card and did not bill me for any of the fraudulent charges in either case. I've learned to call the credit card company and inform them of any travel plans I have ahead of time, because otherwise they will not honor out of area charges. At first it miffed me, but now I realize it's a good idea. I guess they know my spending profile very well. Since I pay off my credit cards in full each month, they are only a convenience so that I don't accumulate a lot of excessive token cupro-nickle coins as change for using cash.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

You don't need to inform them when you travel. Your phone tells them where you are.

somebuddy's picture

The Google tracking device. Don't leave home without it.

Dougs Decks's picture

My phone sits on the charging base at home,,, I never tell it where I am going,,,

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Aside from being injured in violent crime, I think there wouldn't be much more aggravating and difficult to fix than having somebody electronically file a fake tax return with my SSN at 12:01 am on January 1, claiming a huge refund to be deposited into a burner account somewhere.

Grandad Grumps's picture

This makes sense, since the government is involved in computer crime and they are a powerful crime organization that uses force and considers itself above its own laws.

Taxes are theft.

restelle's picture

I don't worry about any thing on that list.

I am concerned about the collapse of this shithole and the armed DHS and whatever nefarious plans they have.


anonymike's picture

And at the same time I look forward to the day the mass murdering psychopathic gang called us government is gone and no longer a massive parasite upon mankind. Its inevitable and we will go through a very difficult time, because of what the beast known as central governments at all levels have done to weaken and pervert society.

Manipuflation's picture

Take it then because you can't carry it all.

Dougs Decks's picture

Wholly Shit,,, Where is the EMP, Super Volcano, Global Warming, Huge Asteroid (sorry bud), Type of shit on that list??? If you are gonna worry, worry about some real shit,,, You are gonna die,,, On a long enough time line, type of shit,,, Or just say fuck it all and have no worries,,, What is the worst that is gonna happen??? For most of the sheeple out there, that would be missing the next episode of Dancing with the Deuchebags,,,,

Dougs Decks's picture

And if your "personal" information might cause you hardship if stolen,,, You are way too tied in to the bankster scam that we all must live by, to get by,,, remember, if it is not in your possession, then you don't actually own it,,,

Elmerthudpucker's picture

As long as we have an economic system that rewards immoral and destructive behavior more so and faster than moral constructive behavior we'll continue to see the massive fraud perpetrated by corporate crime syndicates and small time hacker thieves.   Kinda funny how the private banking cartel and the giant corporations who buy and sell everyone's information never made the list despite their history and the scary fact they can commit fraud with absolute impunity.        

   I just keep my eyes on the white guys as far as the mass shootings and mass fraud goes.    

Pearson365's picture

Generally speaking, fat slobs don't get sexually assaulted.

White Devil's picture

ameriKa sure is a shithole compared to when I was young. It just seems to get shittier and shittier.

Déjà view's picture

Got Urban Cowboy shit kickers...

anonymike's picture

Any move away from using cash only makes the top 2 worries worse. Resist all efforts to eliminate cash and use it as much as possible at small businesses. Help starve the beast.

FredGSanford.'s picture

1. Having my home broke into while away.
2. Someone stealing my credit card number and using it

I don’t constantly worry about this but both would suck.

Umh's picture

There is no real need to worry about 2. If you check your statement and see a bad charge just call the card company and tell them about it. Most likely they will call you first when your card starts buying stuff in wierd places. This is perhaps the best reason to have more than one card. Do check your statements though.

Drater's picture

Proof that morons qualify for credit cards 

Ar15ak47rpg7's picture

This is simply camouflage...the thing to worry most about is having your $ inflated away by the FED ...and guess what ? It's already happened