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Utah Crime Survey 2010: Victimization & Perceptions

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Ben Peterson Ph.D.
Date Published
47 pages
This report from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice presents data on crime victimization rates and perceptions of crime in the State in 2010.
Highlights from the Utah's 2010 survey on victimization rates and perceptions of crime in the State include the following: overall victimization rates are down from previous surveys, with the largest drops seen in property, a 38.5 percent-decrease from 2006, and traditional person crimes, down 8.8 percent from 2006; a majority of person and sex crimes (55 percent) were committed by someone known to the victim; reporting rates for crime decreased in 2010 compared to previous years, with only 53.4 percent of victims reporting at least one crime; and victimization and reporting rates varied by demographic and background factors, with younger respondents, those with moderate household incomes, and those living in urban/metropolitan areas reporting higher rates of victimization. This report presents yearly data on crime victimization rates and perceptions of crime in the State for 2010. Data for the report were obtained through online, cell phone, and traditional landline telephone survey questions assessing crime victimization and various perceptions and opinions about crime. The data are presented in two parts: Part 1: Incidence and Prevalence of Criminal Victimization, and Part 2: General Crime Perceptions. A final section of the report addresses the issue of gangs and gang crime. Tables, figures, and appendixes