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Firearms Stolen During Household Burglaries and Other Property Crimes, 2005-2010

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Date Published
November 2012
15 pages
Lynn Langton
Publication Series
Publication Type
Report (Annual/Periodic)
This study presents findings on the theft of firearms during household burglaries and other property crimes from 2005 through 2010.
Findings show that about 1.4 million guns, or an annual average of 232,400, were stolen during burglaries and other property crimes in the 6-year period; on average, firearms were stolen in an annual average of about 4 percent of the 2.4 million burglaries occurring each year, in 2 percent of the 529,200 robberies, and in less than 1 percent of the 13.6 million other crimes involving theft; and 86 percent of burglaries and 75 percent of other property crimes involving a stolen firearm were reported to police. This report examines the number of property crime victimizations involving the theft of one or more firearms, the number of firearms stolen each year, and the characteristics of property crimes involving stolen firearms from 1994 to 2010. Data are presented by the amount of loss, the percentage reported to police, the percentage of items recovered, the characteristics of households experiencing the theft, and trends on the number of victimizations involving firearm theft. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. Tables, figures, and appendixes
Date Created: November 8, 2012