12 Commercial Crime Sites to Do Your Research
Understanding crime statistics in your industry and area is crucial for making important decisions about your security budget. With so much information out there, how can you know which statistics to trust? We’ve curated a list of reliable crime statistics websites, so you can discover the information you need to keep your business safe.
Why Research Crime Rates and Trends Around
Before launching a new product line, hiring a new employee, changing your business strategy, or relocating, research can help you make the best decision. Your company’s security deserves the same amount of attention. After all commercial theft costs U.S. businesses billions of dollars each year. It’s important to examine crime statistics in your area and industry, including why thieves target certain businesses, so you know what you’re up against when it comes to crime and how to keep your site secure.
To follow crime trends, learn about risks in your area, and more, check out these websites.
Government Affiliated Crime Websites
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer
FBI site that compiles crime reports from all over the country. It cannot show mapping by address but will find crime data for state and city. The crime can be filtered by crime type.
- National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
An annual survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects information on crime victimization in the US and then creates a report. The survey covers various types of crime, including commercial property crime.
- National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
NIBRS is a national database of crime incidents reported to law enforcement agencies in the US. Includes detailed information on commercial property crime, such as the type of crime, location, and characteristics of the offender.
- Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) System
The UCR Program is a national initiative that collects and publishes data on crime reported to law enforcement agencies in the US. The program collects information on commercial property crime and other types of crime.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is a US government agency that collects and publishes statistical information on crime and criminal justice. They have a section on property crime that includes data on burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft, which can be filtered to focus on commercial property.
- Local Police Departments
Most local police departments will have neighborhood crime mapping available to view. Search for yours.
Non-Government Affiliated Crime Websites
A website that provides crime maps and statistics for various cities and regions in the US. CrimeMapping.com includes information on specific types of theft.
- City Protect
City Protect allows you to search for crime data in specific areas. You can search by zip code, city, or address to get crime reports for that location. You can also search by the type of crime.
- National Insurance Crime Bureau
The National Insurance Crime Bureau is an organization that convenes the collective resources need to help prevent, detect, investigate, and deter insurance fraud and vehicle theft crimes.
- Insurance Company Reports
Many insurance companies provide data on commercial property crime as part of their risk assessment and underwriting processes. You may be able to obtain this information by contacting the insurance company directly.
- Security Industry Association
The Security Industry Association is a trade association that represents companies in the security industry. They have a research section on their website that includes reports on security trends and issues.
- Crime Stoppers USA
Crime Stoppers USA is a platform for anonymous tips and information about criminal activity. Considering many are apprehensive about reporting crime to insurance companies, an anonymous platform can sometimes give you access to more valuable information.
This list compiles just a few websites that can be useful when conducting your own commercial property crime research. Depending on the type or location of the crime research you’re looking to do, there may be more options. It’s also important to note that some of these resources may require registration or payment to access the data but could be worth it depending on your risk.
If you’d like to consult with a local security expert about potential risks on your commercial site. AMAROK offers a FREE Threat Assessment. We compile our own local crime data with consideration of the assets you have on your site and current security protocol to deliver a complete assessment.