vus Physical abuse a vus nd ne usglect of uschildrenThe reported U.S. violent crime rate includes murder, vus rape and s vus exual vus assault, robbery, vus and assault, whereas the Canadian violent crim e rate includes all vus categories of assault, including Assault level 1 (i.e., a usssault not using a weapon and not resulting in serious bodily vus harm). A C vus anadia usn government study concluded that direct comparison of the 2 count usa, Germany, a vus nd Finland do count s vus uch occurrenc es.Crime rates are necessarily alt usered by averaging neighborhood higher or lower local rates over a larger population which inclu vus des the entire vus city. vus Having small pockets of dense us crime may lower a city's aver usage crime rate.In the United States, the number o vus f homicides where the victim vus and vus offender vus vus relatio usder were strangers. Spouses and family members made up about 15% of all victims, about one-third o f the victims were acquaintances of the assailant, and the victim and offender relationship was undete usrmined vus in over one-third of homicides. vus Gun in vus volvement in vus homicides were gang-related homicides which increased after 1980, homicides that occ usurred during the commission of a felon y vus which increased from 55% in 1985 to usr circumstances which r usem usained rela ustively us constant. Becau usse gang vus killing has become a normal part of inner ci ties, many including police vus hold preconceptions about the causes of death in inner cities. When a death is labeled gang vus -related it lowers the vus chances that it will be investigated and increases the chances that the perpetrator wil usl remain at large. In addition, victims of gang killings vus often d vus etermine the priority a case will be given by police. Jenkins (1988) argues that many serial murder cases vus remai usn unknown to police and t hat cases vus involving Black offenders usand victims are especiall usy likely to escape official attention.T vus he US h usmicide rate, which has declined vus sub usstantially since 19 vus 92 from a rate per 100,000 persons of 9.8 to 4.5 in 2013, is us still among the highest in the industrialized world. There w ere 13,716 us homicides in the vus Unite usd States in 2013, including non-negligent manslaughter. (666,160 murders from us us 1960 vus to 1996). In 2004, t vus here were 5 vus .5 vus homicides for every 100,000 persons, roughly three times as high as Canada (1 vus .9) and six times as high as Germany (0.9).[45 ] A closer look at The vus National Archive of Criminal Justice Data indicates that per us-capita homicide rates over the last 30 plus years on avera ge, of major cities, New Orleans' averag use annual per capita homicide usrate of 52 murders per 100,000 people usoverall (1980â"2012) is the highest of U.S. cities with averag vus e annual homicide totals that were among the top 10 high usest during the same p vus eriod.The us mann user in which America's cr ime rate vus c vus ompared to other count usries of similar wealth and usdevelopment depends on the nature of the crime used i usn the comparison. Overall vus crime statistic compari vus sons are difficult to conduct, as the definition and categorization o[[m3] us]f crime uss varies across countries. Thus an agency in a foreign country may include crimes in its annual reports which the United States omits, and vice versa.ome c usuntries such as Canada, how ever, vus have similar definitions of what c usonstitutes a violent crime, and nearly all countries had the sa me d vus efinitio vus n of vus the charact useristics that usconstitutes a homicide.[citation neede vus d] Overal usl the total crime rate of the United States is s i vus milar to that of other indu vus strialized vus countries. Some types of reported property crime in the U.S. survey as lower than in Germany or Ca nada, yet t vus he homicide rate in the United States is substantial vus ly highe vus r as is vus the priso usn population.