U.S. Assault and Robbery Stats Analysis

This is a follow up post to What is the Most Likely Attack on the Street? which used data gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This post concentrates on the US using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the The U.S. Department of Justice.

Once again, Assault and Robbery will be seperated to highlight the differences between Alpha Male and Predatory type of attacks. The statistical data is also begining to form patterns which support this difference. Perhaps the biggest diferences here, is in the use of handguns which is not so surprising. Lets get into it.

Location of Attack

  • Assault- Close between in or near home and on street away from home.
  • Robbery- By far most Robbery was done on the street/highway, followed by in or near the home.

Victims Activity at Time of Incident

  • Assault- Most victims were doing some activity at home, closely followed by some leisure activity away from home then working or on duty,
  • Robbery- Most victims of Robbery were on the way to or from some other place, followed by a leisure activity away from home.

This is handy data which is not available to my knowledge about Australian statistics.

Weapon Use

  • Assault- 22% of Aggrevated Assaults offenders used weapons compared with,
  • Robbery- 48% of offenders used weapons. About half.

This supports the fact that Assault is more about posturing and just fighting where as Robbery is more cold and inpersonal with a more violent intent behind it.

Type of Weapon used

  • Assault- Almost the same between a firearm (6.8%) and knife (5.6%) being most common folowed by a blunt instrument (4.4%),
  • Robbery- By far the most common weapon used is a firearm (21.7%) followed by the knife (8.2%) then blunt instrument(5.8%).


  • Assault- 17.8 incidents per 1000 persons and,
  • Robbery- 2.6 incidents per 1000 persons.

Clearly, one is more likely to become involved in Assault than Robbery in the U.S.

Did Offender know the Victim?

  • Assault- Just over half of the Assault incidents were between people who were not strangers,
  • Robbery- By far, most incidents of Robbery were between who did not know each other.

These stats again indicate that Assault is more ego based with 'Alpha Male' type activity and Robbery is more impersonal with the victim being de-humanised by the offender and the likelihood of more serious violence increasing.


These statistics highlight some broad general trends and points regarding the nature of both Assault and Robbery. They are also beginning to add some statistical weight to the fundamental types of attack being the 'Alpha Male' and the 'Predator'.

The next post in the series looks at the statistics from the UK titled UK Assault and Robbery Statistics Analysis. Check it out!