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Household Burglary, 1994-2011

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Date Published
June 2013
18 pages
Jennifer Hardison Walters, M.S.W.; Andrew Moore, M.Stat.; Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H.; Lynn Langton, Ph.D.
Publication Series
This special report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, presents data on household burglary rates for the period 1994 through 2011.
Highlights from this report on household burglary rates include the following: for the period 1994-2011, the rate of burglary decreased 56 percent, from 63.4 victimizations per 1,000 U.S. households in 1994 to 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 households in 2011; during this same period, the rate of completed burglary decreased by at least half across households headed by persons of all races and Hispanic origin; in 2011, 58 percent of completed burglaries were reported to police, compared to 51 percent in 1994; for completed burglaries reported to police, the rate of arrest for 1994 (8 percent) was similar to that for 2011 (10 percent); the median dollar value of items and cash stolen during completed burglaries increased 54 percent, from $389 in 1994 to $600 per year in 2011; and from 1994 to 2011, households with an income of $14,999 or less were victimized at a higher rate than households with higher incomes. The data used in this report was obtained from the BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to the police from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. This report focuses on aggregate estimates and trends of household burglary victimization rates for the period 1994 through 2011. Tables, figures, and appendixes

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