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NCJ Number: 238536 Find in a Library
Title: Victimizations Not Reported to the Police, 2006-2010
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Lynn Langton; Marcus Berzofsky; Christopher Krebs; Hope Smiley-McDonald
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: August 2012
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
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United States of America

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Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines trends in the types of crime not reported to police, the characteristics of unreported victimizations, and the victims’ rationale for not reporting these crimes.
Abstract: Results show that from 1994 to 2010, the percentage of serious violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault) that was not reported to police declined from 50 percent to 42 percent; the percentage of unreported violent crime victimizations that were not reported because the victim believed the police would not or could not do anything to help doubled from 10 percent in 1994 to 20 percent in 2010; that from 2006 to 2010, the highest percentages of unreported crime were among household theft (67 percent) and rape or sexual assault (65 percent) victimizations, while the lowest percentage was among motor vehicle theft (17 percent) victimizations; that approximately 3 in 10 (31 percent) victimizations involving a weapon and an injury to the victim went unreported to police between 2006 and 2010; that from 2006 to 2010, a greater percentage of victimizations perpetrated by someone the victim knew well (62 percent) went unreported to police, compared to victimizations committed by a stranger (51 percent); that among unreported intimate partner violent victimizations, 38 percent went unreported because the victim was afraid of reprisal or getting the offender in trouble; that about 76 percent of violent crime victimizations that occurred at school were not reported to police; and that from 2006 to 2010, victimizations against youth ages 12 to 17 were more likely to go unreported than victimizations against persons in other age categories. Tables, figures, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Unreported crimes
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; National crime statistics; Victimization surveys; Violent crime statistics
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