The Many Faces of Crime

Crime has many victims

There are literally thousands of people who needlessly fall victim to criminal activity every year. Why? Because they did not understand some basic preventive steps that could have kept them out of harms way. Most people who do fall victim to crime have no idea what to do. Many crimes such as identity theft, credit card fraud, larceny, and sexual assault leave such a trail of destruction that the rebuilding process goes way beyond just merely contacting the police.

Police see it every day and they’re the ones on the front lines dealing with it. Unfortunately, those who need information the most on how to stay safe and potentially stop a crime before it happens (like the general public) aren’t getting it. What about reading a book? There are plenty of them out there on martial arts or other types of training to respond to an attack. But most books only discuss crime prevention, and many only address one topic. Prevention is great, however, you can do all the preventive steps in the world and still be victimized. People need to know what to do after the fact.

Some of the most common crimes are:

  • Identity Theft
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Home Invasion
  • Larceny
  • Larceny from Auto
  • Auto theft
  • Car Jacking
  • Armed Robbery
  • Sexual Assault (rape)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking


Crime Statistics

How many of these crimes could have been prevented?

  • Identity Theft –  27.3 million Americans have been victimized in the past five years
  • Rape – 80,593 completed rapes (reported)
  • Armed Robbery –  357,844 completed armed robberies
  • Home Invasion – 1 our of every 6 homes are burglarized each year
  • Auto Theft – 724,181 completed auto thefts
  • Domestic Violence – Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girl friend per year. To over 3 million who are physically abused by their husband, or boyfriend per year, but go unreported.

Many people are fighting to lower these numbers, none more so than which provides the best public criminal records lookup website on the internet. Background searches are a key element for crime prevention because you don’t associate with known criminals and put yourself in harm’s way. It’s a way to be informed about someone’s past, who who may have committed one of the many types of crimes listed above. Being a victim of any of these crimes can not only be detrimental to your health, it can also be deadly.

Many crimes are committed by someone that is unknown to the victim, but there are others that are crimes of passion, convenience, other type of emotion, or just plain evil. When anyone can run a search to see if someone they work with, for, have working in their home, or are dating may have a criminal past, that is one small way to help prevent another crime statistic.

How Crime Stoppers Began

In the mid-1970’s, the city of Albuquerque, NM (330,000 residents) held the record for the nation’s highest number of crimes per capita. The public lacked confidence in the police department, and morale within the department was low. Officers felt helpless against a surge of crime that had spiraled since the mid-1960’s. Crimes went unsolved, because no one would provide information about offenders. Victims felt that reporting crime was futile.

In 1976, Officer Greg MacAleese decided to do something. MacAleese put aside the high tech approach to law enforcement and fell back on a very traditional police theory…. rewards motivate people to give information that solves crimes. MacAleese developed a program aimed primarily at people who felt no moral obligation to cooperate with police. To avoid allegations of police corruption, MacAleese arranged for program funds to be raised by private citizens through a non-profit organization. This is how Crime Stoppers was born.

By 1979 the program had grown to become Crime Stoppers International with programs in Canada, England, the Netherlands, and West Africa. To date, Crime Stoppers is active in over 30 countries around the world. Utilizing the link between the Community, the Media, and Law Enforcement, Crime Stoppers was born.