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Criminal Victimization 1991

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Date Published
October 1992
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 34.7 U.S. residents age 12 or older were victims of crime in 1991. About 6.4 million experienced violent crimes including rape, robbery, and assault; 12.5 million were victims of thefts; and 15.8 million were victims of household crimes.

While the number of violent crimes increased 11 percent between 1990 and 1991, there was little difference in the number of personal and household crimes committed. Since 1981, the peak year for victimizations, crime rates have dropped steadily; however, the number of violent crimes committed in 1991 was the same as that for 1981. Overall, 38 percent of crime victims reported the incidents to police; just under half of all violent crimes were reported. Blacks, persons under age 25, and persons living in households in the lowest income category were most likely to be victimized. 9 tables and 4 figures

Date Published: October 1, 1992