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NCJ Number: 250195 Find in a Library
Title: Reporting Crime Victimizations to the Police and the Incidence of Future Victimizations: A Longitudinal Study
Journal: PLoS ONE  Volume:11  Issue:7  Dated:July 2016  Pages:1-8
Author(s): Shabbar I. Ranapurwaia; Mark T. Berg; Carri Casteel
Date Published: July 2016
Page Count: 8
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using National Crime Victimization Survey 2008–2012 data, this retrospective cohort study examined the association between reporting victimization to police and subsequent victimization.
Abstract: Overall, reporting victimization to police was associated with fewer future victimizations, which shows the importance of reporting victimizations to police in preventing subsequent victimizations. This association may be attributed to police action and victim services received as a result of reporting crime. Out of 18,657 survey respondents, 41 percent reported their initial victimization to police and had a future victimization rate of 42.8/100 person-years (PY) (95 percent CI: 40.7, 44.8). The future victimization rate of those who did not report to the police (59 percent) was 55.0/100 PY (95 percent CI: 53.0, 57.0). The adjusted rate ratio comparing police reporting to not reporting was 0.78 (95 percent 0.72, 0.84) for all future victimizations, 0.80 (95 percent CI: 0.72, 0.90) for interpersonal violence, 0.73 (95 percent CI: 0.68, 0.78) for thefts, and 0.95 (95 percent CI: 0.84, 1.07) for burglaries. Respondents were 12+ years old household members who may or may not have been victimized. They were interviewed biannually for 3 years, and completed at least one follow-up survey after their first reported victimization between 2008 and 2012. Crude and adjusted generalized linear mixed regression for survey data with Poisson link were used to compare rates of future victimization. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victimization risk
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Crime prevention measures; Longitudinal studies; Multiple victimization
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