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Publication Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1990

Lisa Bastian, Marshall DeBerry, Jr.

February 1, 1992    NCJ 134126

The findings include measures of the amount of crime that U.S. residents experienced, the characteristics of crime victims, the nature and circumstances of the crime incidents, and costs of crime. There are also data on how police responded to reported crimes and on the victims' perception of drug and alcohol use by violent offenders. The survey estimates that there were 34.4 million crimes committed against individuals or households in the United States in 1990. Approximately 40 percent of all violent crimes reported in the survey were completed offenses. Personal thefts were completed at a rate of 94 percent, and 85 percent of household crimes were completed. Seventeen percent of all crimes measured by the survey were violent crimes (rape, robbery, and assault). Personal and household larceny composed 62 percent of all offenses. Household burglaries and motor vehicle thefts accounted for another 21 percent of all crimes. The rate of violent crime victimization was 30 per every 1,000 persons age 12 or older; the rate of personal theft was 64 per every 1,000. Appended survey questionnaire

Part of the Criminal Victimization: National Crime Victimization Survey Series


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