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Sunday, December 30, 2007

U.S. Dep't. of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics Publishes Crime Victimization Stats For 2006

The most recent Crime Victimization Stats released on December 12, 2007 are not comparable with previous years as a different methology is used. A Fact Sheet summarizing the report is available here. The full report is available here. Some of the highlights from this report are:

U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced an estimated

25 million crimes of violence and theft in 2006.

- The violent crime rate was 24.6 victimizations per

1,000 persons age 12 or older; for property crimes

it was 159.5 per 1,000 households.

- Males experienced 26 violent victimizations per

1,000 males age 12 or older; females, 23 per 1,000

females age 12 or older.

- Blacks experienced higher rates of violence (33 violent

victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older)

than whites (23 per 1,000).

- Of offenders victimizing males in 2006, 5% were

described as intimates and 47% as strangers. In contrast,

of offenders victimizing females 21% were

described as intimates and 29% as strangers.

- An estimated 25% of all violent crime incidents were

committed by an armed offender. The presence of a

firearm was involved in 9% of these incidents.

- 49% of all violent victimizations and 38% of all property

crimes were reported to the police; 57% of robberies

and 59% of aggravated assaults were

reported to the police.

This information may be helpful to researchers.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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