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Closed or solved homicides are described as either “cleared by arrest” or “cleared by exceptional means”.  In 2008, there were 16,272 reported homicides with a clearance rate of 64%.  That means that 5,858 homicides remain unsolved for that year.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the reporting law enforcement agency must adhere to specific guidelines for “cleared” homicides. 

 Cleared by Arrest: 

  • Suspect(s) were arrested.
  • Suspect(s) were charged with the commission of the offense.
  • Suspect(s) were turned over to the court for prosecution.

 Cleared by Exceptional Means:

  • The offender(s) have been identified.
  • Enough gathered evidence to support an arrest warrant, make a charge, and turn offender over to the court for prosecution.
  • The offender(s) exact location has been identified and can be brought into custody immediately.
  • Law enforcement has encountered a circumstance outside their control that prohibits the agency from arresting, charging, and prosecuting the offender.

Clearance rates seem to be declining over the years.  What appears to be the problem?  Not enough police personnel?  Not enough qualified detectives?  Are we raising too many killers?  Is murder just a part of our society? 

Here are some interesting statistics to ponder:

2008, 16,272 homicides, 64% clearance, 5,858 unsolved

2007, 16,929 homicides, 61% clearance, 6,602 unsolved

2006, 17,030 homicides, 61% clearance, 6,642 unsolved

2000, 15,586 homicides, 63% clearance, 5,767 unsolved

1990, 23,438 homicides, 67% clearance, 7,735 unsolved

1980, 23,040 homicides, 72% clearance, 6,451 unsolved

1975, 78% clearance rate

1970, 86% clearance rate

1965, 90% clearance rate

1960, 91% clearance rate

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It’s important to keep daily life in perspective and to be vigilant and alert to all of your surroundings.  It is not only for your own personal safety, but also for your family, neighborhood, and community.  Common sense goes a long way to being safe and secure.   This blog is dedicated to posting safety tips and useful websites. 

In profiling, a victimology report is used as an important investigative tool to help find out the perpetrator responsible for the crime.  It’s a thorough study of all available information in regard to a specific victim and it can help to answer the who, what, how, and why they were targeted as a victim of a crime.

Categorizing victim risk to crime is divided into three basic groups: low, medium, and high risk levels.  This refers to an individual with little or no risk in their social and work lives to being exposed to the high risk of danger or suffering harm or loss due to their lifestyle.  

Early in my profiling studies, students were asked to assess themselves and someone close to them to find out who would be more at risk in becoming a crime victim.  There were some assumptions made in class before we really took an analytical look at ourselves, for example, like women were more at risk than men, and single rather than married individuals were more of a risk as well.  The assumptions aren’t necessarily true in all cases.   

These are 21 basic characteristics to take into consideration for possibly being a target of a crime.  This is actually the foundation for beginning a victimology assessment report in a crime scene investigation.  It’s interesting to take these basic aspects into consideration and to figure out if you are more at risk from becoming a potential crime victim than friends or family members.  And why?     

1.      Age

2.      Gender

3.      Race

4.      Physical Characteristics and Strength

5.      Single or Married

6.      Work History – Income Level – Type of Work Performed

7.      Education Level

8.      Personality Characteristics – Positive & Negative

9.      Energy Level

10.  Type of Home Location – Rural or City?

11.  Types of Close Relationships – How many?

12.  How do you spend your work time?

13.  How do you spend your home time?

14.  Medical History

15.  Fears

16.  Exercise Routines & Activities

17.  Shopping, Entertainment, and Miscellaneous Activities

18.  Alcohol Consumption

19.  Hobbies

20.  Friends, Neighbors, Co-Workers, and Family Members

21.  Criminal History

What are your potential risk factors? 

Please remember, be safe and always vigilant in your routine.  If you ever feel threatened in any way or witness a crime, please REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY to law enforcement.  

Jennifer Chase
Award Winning Author & Criminologist

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