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The crime that will be the overview of this paper is burglary Burglary in this paper will be defined as the breaking and entering of a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime Burglary in this paper will consist of those burglaries that are residential Residential burglaries are those that happen at homes or in apartments Cromwell 1991 suggests that as many as two-thirds of all burglars are addicted to drugs The United States Department of Justice has compiled statistics of those persons who committed burglary while under the influence of alcohol or drugs Their study in 1995 showed that out of 95189 probationers for burglary 385 were under the influence of alcohol while 233 were under the influence of drugs A total of 494 were under the influence of either drugs or alcohol This percentage was the highest besides those offenders of public order offenses which include driving while intoxicated In the United States in 1997 356000 people were arrested for burglary according the Uniformed Crime Reports The arrest rates per 100000 people have dropped significantly since 1971 In 1971 2029 people per 100000 were arrested for burglary compared to 1342 people per 100000 in 1997 according to the Albany Sourcebook The percentages since 1989 have shown a steady decline in the amount of people who have been arrested for burglary The arrest rate for burglaries in cities was 179013 in 1997 Suburban areas had approximately half as many arrests for burglary during this same time period The total in suburban areas amounted to 87237 arrests according to the statistics of the Uniformed Crime Reports As for rural areas in the same study the amount of arrests for burglaries in 1997 was 25149 In the Uniform Crime Reports in 1998 burglary offenses accounted for 333700 arrests which was a decrease from 1997 In 1995 the FBI did a study on the sex of victims in five
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