Friday Dec 02, 2022

Normal police seek help identifying retail theft suspects – The Pantagraph


The Normal Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a retail theft investigation. 

Police say the males pictured entered Indy Smoke Shop, 1520 E College Ave., on March 21, selected several items of merchandise and then ran out of the store with it when the store clerk was distracted. 

Anyone with information to help identify the suspects should contact Officer Kyley Hepler at 309-454-9535 or [email protected] The case number is 202203414.

The cities with the most break-ins and burglaries

Cities With the Most Break-Ins / Burglaries

Despite perceptions of rising crime, theft has become far less common in recent years than it used to be, and property crime rates declined even more sharply during the pandemic. That said, there are still hotspots where break-ins and burglaries are far more common than the typical American neighborhood. While approximately 400 burglaries and 1,700 larceny-thefts per 100,000 people annually have been the national norm over the past five years, there are cities in the United States that report rates double or even triple those numbers.As with anything, an understanding of what burglars are after and where they are active can help keep the trend heading lower. Over the last decade, the number of larceny-thefts fell nearly 20% from 6.3 million to 5.1 million, and the number of burglaries were cut in half from 2.2 million to 1.1 million, according to FBI statistics from 2015 to 2019. And it’s not a new trend. Since 1993, property crimes declined dramatically—55% to 71% depending on which source of stats you look at, Pew Research found.

Over the past decade burglary and larceny rates have declined

Looking at the past five years of crime data, burglars were about twice as likely to target a home than a business or other building, and nearly half of all burglaries occurred during broad daylight. Once in, thieves were often after two items in particular: money and jewelry. Together, those valuables were worth more than the remaining top categories of stolen goods combined. Of those other items, office equipment, electronics, and clothing were common targets.

Daytime break-ins of homes are most common

Protecting your home and taking initiatives to deter potential burglars are obvious steps to fight crime, but choosing a safe location to begin with is one of the most important factors. For example, burglaries occur in New York, New Hampshire, and Virginia less than half as many times as the national average, while residents of New Mexico, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana are burglarized nearly twice as often. In general, states in the South have higher-than-average property crime rates, and the states in the Northeast enjoy the lowest theft rates of any region in America.

Southern states experience the most property crime

To find out which cities were hotspots for theft, researchers at Porch analyzed data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program between 2015 to 2019 and then calculated the average number of burglaries and larceny-thefts per 100,000 residents. For comparison, cities were divided into three groups based on population. Here are the 15 U.S. cities with the most burglaries.



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