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NCJ Number: NCJ 165812     Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Victimization 1996: Changes 1995-96 With Trends 1993-96
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): C Ringel
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 7
  Series: BJS Full Reports
  Annotation: The crime victimizations reported in this Bulletin encompass 1993 through 1996.
Abstract: Except for homicide data obtained from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program, this report presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS obtains information about crimes from an ongoing, nationally representative sample of households in the United States. The data include both those incidents reported and those not reported to the police. In 1996 approximately 45,400 households and 94,000 people age 12 or older were interviewed. Survey findings show that the 1994-95 general downward trend in criminal victimizations continued in 1996. The NCVS property and violent crime rates for 1996 are the lowest recorded since the survey's inception in 1973. The murder rates declined 10 percent between 1995 and 1996, the largest decrease in the past 4 years. Although overall violent crime rates decreased significantly from 1995 to 1996, the decline in the rates for robbery and aggravated assault were not statistically significant. In 1996 males experienced significantly higher victimization rates than females for all violent crimes except rape/sexual assault. Males were two times more likely than females to experience robbery and aggravated assault. In 48 percent of violent victimizations in 1996, the victim knew the offender. In 1996, 4 in 10 violent crimes and 3 in 10 property crimes were reported to the police. Females and blacks were more likely to report a crime to police than were males and whites. Violent crime rates were 16 percent lower and property crimes rates 17 percent lower than they were in 1993. Between no two consecutive years from 1993 to 1996 did a violent, personal, or property crime rate increase by a statistically significant amount. The decreasing victimization trends during 1993-96 were experienced about equally by both males and females and by the racial and income groups. Between 1993 and 1996, Hispanic households experienced a greater decrease than non- Hispanic households in the rate of property crime victimization. 5 tables
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Victimization ; Trend analysis ; Victimization surveys ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey, November 1997.
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