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Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1991

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Date Published
December 1992
The Bureau of Justice Statistics has tabulated over 120 numerical tables describing criminal victimization in 1991, based on the 19th annual National Crime Victimization Survey.

The findings in this report focus on the level of crime experienced by U.S. residents, the characteristics of crime victims, offender profiles, the nature and circumstances of criminal incidents, victim-offender relationships, and costs of crime. The report also covers data on police response to crime and the victim's perception of drug and alcohol abuse by violent offenders. Survey findings show that violent crimes in the U.S. increased by 11 percent between 1990 and 1991. This increase was attributed largely to the rise in assaults. The number of personal thefts and household crimes decreased from the previous year. While the rate of violent crime increased by 17 percent in the Northeast, rates of personal crime declined slightly in the Midwest and remained stable in the South; crime rates were generally higher in the West than in any other region. Only half of all violent victimizations were reported to the police, comparable to the 1990 figure. Motor vehicle thefts were most likely to be reported, while larcenies without contact between offender and victim were least likely to be reported. 5 appendixes

Date Published: December 1, 1992