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Criminal Victimization, 2017

NCJ Number
Date Published
December 2018
30 pages
Rachel E. Morgan; Jennifer L. Truman
Publication Series
Based on data obtained from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS') 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), this report indicates from a national representative sample of households how many persons age 12 or older were victims of violent or property crime within the last 6 months in 2017, whether or not the crimes were reported to police; and trends in these data are reported from 2015 and 2016.
Among the NCVS respondents, the percentage who were victims of violent crime increased from 0.98 percent in 2015 to 1.14 percent in 2017. Violent crime increased from 2.7 million in 2015 to 2.9 million in 2016, a 9-percent increase, and then to 3.1 million in 2017, a 17-percent increase from 2015. From 2015 to 2017, the percentage of persons who were victims of violent crime increased among males, Whites, those ages 25 to 34, those age 50 and over, and those who had never been married. From 2016 to 2017, the rate of overall property crime declined from 118.6 victimizations per 1,000 households to 108.4, and the burglary rate decreased from 23.7 to 20.6. The rate of robbery victimization increased from 1l7 per 1,000 persons in 2016 to 2.3 in 2017. About 45 percent of violent victimizations and 36 percent of property victimizations were reported to police in the 2017 survey. The percentage of rapes or sexual assaults that were reported to police increased from 23 percent in 2016 to 40 percent in 2017. 14 tables and 2 figures

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