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Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1984

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Date Published
May 1986
This report presents data on criminal victimization in 1984 based on findings from a continuous survey of a representative sample of households across the United States.

Approximately 54,000 housing units, with about 114,000 residents over age 12 took part, for a participation rate of 96 percent of all eligible units. Victimization data focus on offenses of public concern: the personal crimes of attempted and actual burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. The 111 tables examine these personal crimes in terms of their frequency, the characteristics of the victims and offenders, the circumstances surrounding the offenses and their impact, and the pattern of police reporting. Selected general findings are combined with technical information to aid in the interpretation of statistical data. Overall, results indicate that an estimated 3.5 million completed and attempted crimes were committed in 1984. The percentages of completed offenses were 37 percent for violent crime victimization, 94 percent for theft, and 85 percent for household crimes. Rape, personal robbery, and assault accounted for 17 percent of reported victimizations. Personal and household larceny accounted for 64 percent of all victimizations; household burglaries and motor vehicle thefts accounted for 20 percent of victimizations. Violent crime rates generally were lower than property crime rates. Appended information on the survey, research methodology, economic crime costs, and a glossary.

Date Published: May 1, 1986