The fbi’s UCR defines 8 crimes: homicide, robbery, burglary, larceny, assault, rape, grand theft auto, arson.
There are property crimes and crimes against people. The system treats crimes against people more severely. Below, I have ranked the UCR crimes from…..….. most to least severe:
5 Grand Theft Auto
There is a rule in investigations: the more severe the crime, the higher the clearance rate. Nationwide, 66% of all homicides are solved. 18% of burgs are. Only 2% of arsonists are arrested and successfully charged.
WN DAAs try to go from ordinary citizens to killers in one go. It is a recipe for failure. Too much, too soon. They do not expect to get away with it. Shoddy work.
The action itself is nothing. It is learning control and discipline, that is the test. How to handle the adrenaline rush? That’s the greatest challenge for anyone operating without sanction. Pressure makes all the difference.
Ordinary criminals follow a different path. They “climb the ladder.”
Let us take a typical career criminal. He starts with shoplifting. Then he steals bikes. Cars by teenager. Soon, he’s pulling robberies at 711s and liquor stores. Then he robs banks. Later, if he is not caught, he may graduate to rape or homicide.
Cops go through the same process of learning. Milestones include:
First traffic stop
First felony stop
First use of force
First time he pulls out his gun on duty
…and so on. The concept is clear.
Nobody is above the process. There is no substitute for time and work.