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Criminal Victimization 1992

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Date Published
October 1993
According to results of the 1992 National Crime Victimization Survey, persons aged 12 or older living in the U.S. experienced 18.8 million victimizations involving theft or violent crime. There were an addition 14.8 million household crimes.

The crime level was comparable to that for the previous year; while violent crime rates did not change significantly from 1991, rates of personal and household theft fell. The robbery rate was lower in 1992 than at its highest points in 1981 and 1982, and the rate of burglary was lower than at any time during the previous two decades. The survey covered both reported and unreported crimes; it found that motor vehicle theft was most likely to be reported to police, while larcenies without victim-offender contact were least likely to be reported. Blacks, persons under the age of 25, and households with lower incomes were most likely to be victimized. However, while households with low incomes were more susceptible to violent crimes, theft rates did not differ significantly between low-income and high-income households. Residents of central cities had higher victimization rates for all person crimes than did residents of suburbs or nonmetropolitan areas. 3 figures, 8 tables, and 4 notes

Date Published: October 1, 1993