It is no secret that drug-related deaths and arrests are on the rise and most people read the news daily to keep tabs on their local area. However, what most people don’t realize is that there are other felony statistics such as those analyzed on intelius.com which they should also be aware of.
It is dangerous to undervalue the data collected on sites like this because the neighborhood, city or state you once thought safe may be a breeding ground for felonies within a portion of the population you never would have expected. Here is a look at why felony statistics by state matter and how to find the latest analysis.
No Generation Is Immune
Most people believe that drug-related felonies are confined to large metropolitan areas and that within those cities, only young people are responsible for a majority of those crimes. Data collected from a wide variety of sources including federal, state and local governments indicate that no generation except perhaps Generation Z is immune from felony convictions because many are yet too young to be counted as adults.
Often their records are sealed. Criminal behavior in minors is calculated and analyzed separately from adult statistics. Having said that, drug-related arrests are common within teenagers but illicit drugs are not the only felonies of great concern when analyzing state-by-state felony statistics.
A Few Statistics by Generation
Oddly, statistics indicate that teens and those into their early 20s have a lower percentage of drug-related arrests and convictions than those born with Generations X and Y. The number one felony within the two latter generations is the illegal “possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram.”
Generation Z tells a different story. Their number one conviction statistically is breaking and entering while possession of illicit drugs is the second-most common conviction. Burglary and theft are big in all three age groups but Generation Y lists “bail jumping” in 5th place statistically.
Why Is This Data So Important?
At this point, you may be wondering why this data is so important. Everyone knows that drugs, burglary and theft are huge issues in literally every state. But, did you know that it doesn’t necessarily follow that the most populated states have the highest crime rates per capita?
For example, according to data collected and published on intelius.com, Wisconsin is shown as the 20th most populous state with the second highest number of felony convictions. States like California, the most populous state, don’t rank within the top ten!
Do You Know Who You Are Dealing With?
Teachers, company owners, company directors and other highly esteemed professionals rank highly in drug possession felonies as well as theft of valuable material. So then, why is this data collected and disseminated by sites like intelius.com? Anyone moving to a new location, considering opening a company in any state or parents finding safe places to raise their children or send them to school need to know what they are dealing with.
There are so many reasons why felony statistics should always be important but seeking safe places to live, work and study are the most important of all. Do you really know your neighbors, your boss or your children’s Sunday school teacher? If you want to know more about who you are dealing with, it’s time to check them out!