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John J. Wilson, Acting Administrator December 2000

Crimes against Children Juvenile Victims of Property Crimes

David Finkelhor and Richard Ormrod


Risks for Property Victimization

Higher Risk Subgroups

The Property Taken

Crime Locale

Reporting Property Crimes

Recovery of Property

Property Crime Trend

Impact of Property Crime



This Bulletin was prepared under grant number 98–JN–FX–0012 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice.

Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

From the Administrator

While property crimes may not command the same banner headlines as violent crimes, they constitute the most common type of crime victimizing the public and exact a considerable cost on society not only economically but psychologically.

As the data from the National Crime Victimization Survey and the National Incident-Based Reporting System presented in this Bulletin illustrate, juveniles are at a particularly high risk for victimization through property offenses. In 1997, one in six juveniles ages 12 to 17 was a victim of a property crime—a rate 40 percent higher than the rate for adults.

Part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Crimes Against Children Series, this Bulletin describes juveniles’ risks for property victimization and the nature of such crimes. Unfortunately, property crimes against juveniles are seldom reported to the police. In fact, a larceny or theft perpetrated against a juvenile is three times less likely to be reported than one for which an adult is the victim.

As the Bulletin’s authors conclude, justice demands that property crimes against juveniles be addressed. The information provided here should assist in that cause.

John J. Wilson
Acting Administrator



This Bulletin was written by David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, and Director, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire; and Richard Ormrod, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire.

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