Thursday, April 14th, 2022
On Thursday April 14, 2022 from 6pm to 7:30pm residents were invited to stop by the Borough Hall to meet Chief Tony Alsleben. Several residents stopped by and had light refreshments and drinks with t...
Friday, March 4th, 2022
On Friday March 4, 2022 at 8:15am, Tony Alsleben was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the Borough of Alburtis Police Department by Mayor Kathleen Palmer with retired Chief Robert Palmer and Sen...
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
On Tuesday August 3, 2021 from 12pm to 9pm, the Alburtis Police Department held its 14th Annual National Night Out Event at the Alburtis Area Community Center's Pool. For the first time this even...
Saturday, July 17th, 2021
The Borough of Alburtis Police Department was sorry to see three part-time police officers leave in 2021. Ryan Geist resigned in February to take a full time position as a police officer out of the c...
Cost of Crime

The cost of crime in the United States (statistics were compiled in 2011 by several different agencies and organizations):

  • In 2007, for crimes both reported and not reported, the total economic loss to victims was $2 billion for violent crime and $16 billion for property crime.
  • In 2007, 15 percent of violent crimes and 94 percent of property crimes resulted in economic losses from theft or damage.
  • In 2008, an estimated $581 million worth of property was stolen during robberies reported to the police. The average dollar value of property stolen per robbery offense was $1,315.
  • Two-thirds of property crimes reported in 2008 were larceny-thefts, with the value of stolen property averaging $925 per offense. The total value of stolen property was an estimated $6.1 billion.
  • In 2008, the average dollar loss due to arson was $16,015 per offense.
  • An estimated 30,500 fires were intentionally set to structures in 2008, a decrease of 6 percent from 2007. These fires resulted in 315 civilian deaths and $866 million in property loss (an increase of 18 percent from 2007).
  • Approximately 17,500 fires were intentionally set to vehicles in 2008, resulting in $139 million in property damage, a 4 percent decrease from 2007.
  • In 2008, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,079. The total amount lost to burglaries was an estimated $4.6 billion.
  • Victim compensation programs distributed $461 million in 2008. This amount is an increase over the $453 million paid in 2007 and $444 million paid in 2006.
  • Victim compensation programs paid $29 million for forensic sexual assault exams in 2008, a 28 percent increase from 2007.
  • Victims of child abuse constituted 19 percent of the recipients of crime victim compensation in 2008.
  • In 2008, domestic violence victims made up 22 percent of all adult victims compensated by victim compensation programs; 35 percent of all assault claims were paid to domestic violence victims.
  • In 2008, medical expenses constituted 52 percent of all victim compensation payments; economic support for lost wages for injured victims and for lost support in homicides made up 16 percent of the total; 11 percent of total payments were for funeral bills; and 8 percent went toward mental health counseling for crime victims.
  • In 2008, the total amount of money lost from all cases of Internet fraud referred to law enforcement for investigation was $264.6 million, with a median dollar loss of $931 per complaint. This amount is up from $239.1 million with a median dollar loss of $680 per complaint in 2007.
  • In 2007, the two most common types of telemarketing fraud were fake check scams (average loss of $3,855) and false prizes or sweepstakes (average loss of $6,601), together accounting for 72 percent of telemarketing fraud complaints.
  • Fake check scams were also the most common type of Internet fraud in 2007, constituting 29 percent of complaints, with an average loss of $3,311. The second most common type of Internet fraud was non-auction general merchandise sales (goods never delivered or misrepresented).
  • In 2007, consumers reporting fraud to the Federal Trade Commission lost a total of more than 1.2 billion dollars.
  • In 2006, the United States (at federal, state, and local levels) spent $214 billion for police protection, corrections, and judicial and legal activities.
  • The direct cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States totals more than $33 billion annually. When factoring in indirect costs, the figure rises to more than $103 billion annually.

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