Card hacking tops U.S. list of most-feared crimes: Gallup

October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (10/29/14)--Americans worry more about having credit card information stolen by computer hackers than any other crime, according to a new Gallup poll.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans report they frequently or occasionally worry about this happening to them. Having a computer or smartphone hacked (62%) is the only other crime that worries the majority of Americans.

Less than half of Americans worry at least occasionally about other crimes, ranging from 45% who worry about their home being burglarized when they are not there, to 7% who worry about being assaulted by a co-worker on the job.

Gallup updated its measure of Americans' worry about a number of crime scenarios in its annual crime poll, conducted Oct. 12-15. Trends on Americans' worries about most of these crimes extend back to 2000, although this was the first year Gallup asked Americans about having credit card information stolen or a smartphone or computer hacked.

Americans may be more worried about hacking because a relatively high percentage of them say they already have had their information hacked. More than a quarter of Americans, 27%, say they or another household member had information from a credit card used at a store stolen by computer hackers during the last year--making this the most frequently experienced crime on a list of nine crimes.

About 11% say they or a household member have had their computer or smartphone hacked in the last year, also in the top half of crimes on the list.

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