The Rhode Island Police Department releases annual statistics, trends and graphs on crimes in the area. As such, readers may wonder what the most popular crimes are, if the database is published nationally, as well as how to defend these commonly committed crimes.
Here’s a brief description of what these crimes mean:
- Burglary – is entering a building with the aim to commit larceny or another crime.
- Assault – includes the act of physically injuring someone through the use of force and fear. The defenses to this crime include self-defense, false accusations and more.
- Larceny – includes petty theft, grand theft, grand theft auto, shoplifting and other related crimes.
- Vandalism – occurs when someone intentionally defaces or damages property
- Drug Crimes – including possession, cultivation, transporting of controlled substances including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. These drug offenses are considered to be federal crimes.
The United Crime Reports is organized by the FBI, where state police departments compile a yearly overview on the statistics. The reports are classified into varied categories including the arrests numbers versus the convicted numbers. Crimes are additionally classified in violent and non-violent categories.