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Victimization During Household Burglary

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2010
13 pages
Shannan M Catalano, Ph.D.
Publication Series
This report presents findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on the characteristics of burglary, with comparisons between households where members were present and not present.
It also examines the extent to which individuals in the residence are violently victimized when at home during these encounters. The NCVS classifies victimization as personal, rather than property crime, when a household member is present and experiences violence during a household burglary. This report classifies these violent burglaries differently so that they may be compared to traditionally classified burglaries. It also discusses crime characteristics such as household structure, location and type of residence, method of entry, time of day, type of violence, weapon use, injury, and reporting to police. Data on nonfatal violent victimization (rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) are drawn from the NCVS. Data on homicides are drawn from the Supplementary Homicide Report of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Highlights of report findings include: (1) an estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007; (2) offenders were known to their victims in 65 percent of violent burglaries; offenders were strangers in 28 percent; and (3) serious injury accounted for 9 percent and minor injury accounted for 36 percent of injuries sustained by household members who were home and experienced violence during a completed burglary. Tables, figures, and appendix (Published Abstract)

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