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Americans See Crime Increasing: Gallup Poll Recap

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According to a recent Gallup poll, 63% of Americans believe that crime is increasing and describe the crime problem in the U.S. as either extremely or very serious, up from 54% when measured in 2021.

Here are some other key findings:


17% say that the crime problem in their local area is extremely or very serious, which is also up from 2021.


More than three-quarters of Americans (77%) believe there is more crime in the U.S. than there was a year ago.


Residents of cities (24%) are more inclined than those living in suburbs (15%) or rural areas (12%) to describe the crime problem in their area as extremely or very serious, but there are no meaningful differences by region of the country.


Overall, a combined 28% (up 5 pts vs. 2021) of those surveyed say they or someone in their household has been victimized in the past year by one of seven different crimes, including:

  • Vandalism
  • Car theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Battery

Vandalism and property theft are the most common types of crimes committed against households (16% each) and individuals (9% each).

Interestingly, about one in three crimes, 36%, were unreported, essentially matching the trend average 35% since 2000.

How SoundThinking’s SafetySmart Platform Can Help Address Rising Crime

With crime increasing, force-multiplying technologies can help.

SoundThinking’s SafetySmart Platform brings together technologies, software, and objective data to help law enforcement, civic leadership, and community leaders address rising crime. These solutions can work individually or as a collective whole to improve public safety:

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ShotSpotter – The leading acoustic gunshot detection system that alerts law enforcement to virtually all gunfire within 60 seconds, enabling first responders and law enforcement get to the scene quickly, render aid to victims if needed, and save lives.

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CrimeTracer – The #1 law enforcement search engine that enables investigators to search through more than 1.3B structured and unstructured data across jurisdictions to obtain immediate tactical leads, leverage advanced link analysis to make intelligent connections, and more.

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SafePointe —An Al-based weapons detection system designed for high throughput facilities in a low-profile form factor.

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CaseBuilder — A smarter investigation management tool that enables investigative teams to efficiently organize and store case information, track and prioritize assignments, optimize resources, submit materials to prosecution, and more.

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ResourceRouter – A resource management tool that automates the planning of directed patrols and community violence interrupter (CVI) teams and provides transparency around engagement activities across an entire jurisdiction, daily.

To learn more, please book a meeting or visit our resource library.

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Jacqueline Berkman
Jacqueline Berkman is a Senior Content Marketing Manager at SoundThinking, where she focuses on storytelling...Show More
Jacqueline Berkman is a Senior Content Marketing Manager at SoundThinking, where she focuses on storytelling and search engine optimization strategy to create memorable content that shares SoundThinking's impact with the world. She has over ten years of experience working on content strategy in both the computer software industry and the publishing industry and has a B.A. in English Literature with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of California, Berkeley.Show Less