A Brief History
On August 31, 2006, the Norwegian police announced the recovery of Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, which had been stolen in 2004. A reward equal to around $313,000 US probably helped them catch the thieves, but many other crimes go unsolved. How many crimes? Read the list below to get a sobering idea about how many crimes in the US go unsolved. (Note: Data varies with source.)
Car theft- 12%
Do any of these meager solving percentages surprise you? Which one surprises you the most?
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For more information, please see…
Brandl, Steven. Police in America. SAGE Publications, 2020.
Worrall, John. Crime Control in America: What Works? Pearson, 2018.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Tu of The Scream back in the National Gallery after recovery and before restoration, September 2006, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
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