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Shocking Crime Facts

Gangs are still huge

Police claim that there are over 1 million members of criminal gangs in the country, who commit around 80% of the crimes in the U.S. That’s huge!

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USA vs France

You’re 66 times more likely to be prosecuted for a crime in the U.S than you are in France. Guess those Parisians are just super laid back, or something.

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Facebook crimes

There are over 100,000 crimes linked directly to Facebook. The website has been used by criminals to intimidate, bully, and harass since its inception in 2004. Look out for those internet friends, man.

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Crimes at home

Between 2004 and 2008, nearly 1/3 of violent crimes in the U.S occurred in or near the victim’s own home. The message? Go out tonight, it’s not that much more dangerous.

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Rape in the U.S

There are over 100,000 reported rapes committed every year in the U.S. That’s the highest number for any country in the U.N. What’s scary is that this doesn’t take into account the amount that go unreported- typically a disproportionately large amount compared to other types of crime.

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Women in prison

Women make up more than 10% of the prison population in only 5 countries: Thailand, Qatar, Paraguay, Costa Rica, and Singapore. Your turn: Do you think men just commit way more crime, or is there some sexism here?

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Venezuela?

Venezuela is simultaneously one of the happiest countries in the world and one of the countries with the highest murder rate. We encourage anyone with a better knowledge of Venezuela than we do to explain this one to us.

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Adultery laws

In some states, adulterers can still be prosecuted. The penalties vary from a life sentence (Michigan) to a $10 fine (Maryland). Better look up your state laws before you cheat!

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The most violent states

The states with the highest rate of physical assault are, in order, Arizona, North Carolina, and New Mexico. Guess the events of Breaking Bad might be closer to the truth than we would hope?

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Forensics

Forensic scientists can determine a person’s sex, age, and race by examining a single strand of hair. It truly is insane the amount of stalking that modern science permits.

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Executions in China

China conducts roughly 1/3 of the world’s executions, averaging 1.3 per day in 2007. That comes out to 470 throughout the year, or 35 more than all of the players in the NBA.

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Illegal music downloads

95% of music downloads are pirated, as of late 2011. We frankly wouldn’t be surprised if it was much more at this point- iTunes has done a lot to alienate musicians and customers alike over the last few years.

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Fresno, CA

The city of Fresno, California, is the car theft capital of the world as of 2012. The list of top cities for car theft has for a long time been dominated by California and Arizona cities, with Phoenix holding the top spot for many years.

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Murder rates are declining

In the U.S, violent crime has been plummeting at an accelerating rate since the 1990’s. Yeah, in a big fat gallery filled with depressing statistics, we thought we’d throw you one happy fact. Now, back to the grit!

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The U.S has the highest crime rate

There are approximately 12 million crimes committed in the U.S every year- by far the worst in the world. Just to give you a clue, no other country in the world has more than 6 million crimes annually. Now, does America need to reclassify what constitutes a crime? Probably, but regardless this is still bad.

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