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Money is great, not worth getting murdered over

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More than a hundred Americans lose their lives every year over money disputesThe FBI recently published its latest crime statistics for 2012, and it turns out that disagreements over money end in murder an awful lot.

Last year, there were 148 murders stemming from “arguments over money or property,” more than were committed during “brawls due to influence of alcohol” (82), burglaries (92), or “romantic triangles” (95). It’s also more than the total number of murders committed annually in many countries, including Bulgaria, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Belize, and many more than the 15 deaths the CDC recorded from “contact with a marine animal” (including sharks) between 1999 and 2010.

Sadly, that number actually represents an improvement over previous years; overall, murders related to money disputes have actually fallen by 18 percent since the FBI started breaking those numbers out in 2010. That decrease mirrors the general decline in violent crime that’s been happening in the U.S. since the early ’90s.

That so many people are killed annually over such arguments is instructive. People can be really nasty in disputes over money, up to and including pulling out a gun and murdering you. Rather than letting something escalate to that point, it might be better to walk away and call a lawyer to resolve the issue instead. No one likes paying legal fees, but it beats the heck out of dying over what, in the scheme of things, may be a pretty trivial amount of money.

What do you think? Have you ever been involved in a dispute over money where you felt physically threatened? How did you get out of it?

(Photo: Chris Yarzab)

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3 Responses to “Money is great, not worth getting murdered over”

  1. Vincent says:

    You wrote, “disagreements over money end in murder an awful lot.”

    There are probably millions of disagreements over money that do *not* end in murder.

    The more accurate statement would be that an awful lot of murders are caused by disagreements over money.

  2. Simon Elstad says:

    Well, money is a very emotive subject. Am sure beyond the murders its also the leading culprit in some other ills in society…marital hardships and divorce for one.
    I have been mugged, twice…both times I quickyly gave up the valuables…as youve pointed out, its now really worth dying over!

  3. Mike Collins says:

    Discussions about money can get people fired up and carried away so it’s not all that surprising. No amount of money is worth dying for, and if you’re physically threatened you’d be better off letting it go than being murdered.

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