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During 2014, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. This was a new record.

1. What was the source of these data?
2. Why aren’t the asset forfeiture deposit amounts necessarily good indicators of the rise in the use of forfeiture?
3. Why are the net assets of the funds usually seen as a more stable indicator of forfeiture activity?
4. Why is the total of asset forfeitures likely even higher than the graph shows?

Ingraham, C. (2015). Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year. Washington Post, Nov. 23 (Retrievable online at
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