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May 14, 2015

"Is Burglary A Crime Of Violence? An Analysis of National Data 1998-2007"

The title of this post is title of this interesting federally funded empirical research. Here is the abstract:

Traditionally considered an offense committed against the property of another, burglary is nevertheless often regarded as a violent crime. For purposes of statistical description, both the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) list it as a property crime.  But burglary is prosecuted as a violent crime under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, is sentenced in accord with violent crimes under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, and is regarded as violent in state law depending on varied circumstances.  The United States Supreme Court has treated burglary as either violent or non-violent in different cases.

This study explored the circumstances of crimes of burglary and matched them to state and federal laws. Analyzing UCR, NCVS, and the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data collections for the ten year period 1998-2007, it became clear that the majority of burglaries do not involve physical violence and scarcely even present the possibility of physical violence.  Overall, the incidence of actual violence or threats of violence during burglary ranged from a low of .9% in rural areas based upon NIBRS data, to a high of 7.6% in highly urban areas based upon NCVS data. At most, 2.7% involved actual acts of violence.

A comprehensive content analysis of the provisions of state burglary and habitual offender statutes showed that burglary is often treated as a violent crime instead of prosecuting and punishing it as a property crime while separately charging and punishing for any violent acts that occasionally co-occur with it.  Legislative reform of current statutes that do not comport with empirical descriptions of the characteristics of burglaries is contemplated, primarily by requiring at the minimum that the burglary involved an occupied building if it is to be regarded as a serious crime, and preferably requiring that an actual act of violence or threatened violence occurred in order for a burglary to be prosecuted as a violent crime.

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Just more protection for the client of the lawyer. All laws prohibiting traps should be repealed. One should be allowed to kill all burglars with immunity. And civil litigation by burglars should be banned, because they profit from a crime. Any lawyer suing on behalf of a burglar should be disbarred, for being a pro-criminal abomination.

What the dumbass lawyer will never understand is that all value in property came from human labor. So the taking of property is the taking of human life. Thefts and damages above the value of human life, $ 6 million, thieves should be executed for the taking of an economic human life.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 14, 2015 9:23:11 AM

Because of the impact of a burglary, it should be counted in 123D. The 1 and 2 should be answered with 10 lashes, then 50. 3 with summary execution preferably on the spot.

I live in a lawyer residential neighborhood, not a lawyer work neighborhood. My alarm went off because a door opened. The odds it was left unlocked and the wind pushed it. I said, I did not know, to the dispatcher. Three cars were at the door, in 2:30 minutes. Guns drawn. Had there been a burglar, he would have been shot on the spot. No excessive force litigation in this lawyer residential neighborhood. Crime rate? Nil, just 5 miles from one of the worst neighborhoods in the country, where the murder meter is spinning at supersonic speed, thanks to the vile feminist lawyer.

This is a point never addressed here. What is the crime rate where the lawyer lives? How are those rates lower than those of Japan or Switzerland ever achieved? Is there a reason the entire nation cannot enjoy those rates?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 14, 2015 11:01:08 PM

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