As noted previously, the general residential property criminal offense rate, which includes burglary, increased by 10% in 2010 and 2011 (U.S. Department of Justice, 2012). It is generally assumed that property crimes are not “violent”—at least in the same way as a murder, rape, or assault; however, to many victims, property crimes are as mentally traumatic as any physical assault. Often, property crimes leave even more scars.
The trauma caused by the damage or loss is not visible to others and, therefore, is often ignored or trivialized by those responding or assisting. This adds to the pain of the victim. Sometimes, the victims of property crimes are reluctant to tell others about their anguish over the loss of valuables—not necessarily valuable for monetary reasons, but often irreplaceable due to emotional and personal reasons.
National Criminal Reference Service. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/
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