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What information do you have on identity theft?
The most recent information we have available on identity theft can be found within the Victims...  Read More

What is the Identity Theft Supplement (ITS)?
The Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) is a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS...  Read More

I want a more recent version of a report that you have on your webpage. Do you have it? When are you going to update that report?
The reports located on BJS website are the most recent versions. Some reports are updated occas...  Read More

Are crime rates going up or down?
The NCVS is designed to measure crime on a yearly basis. Criminologists have many theories abou...  Read More

What types of crime does the NCVS measure? 
The NCVS measures violent and property crime experienced by victims in the United States. This inclu...  Read More

What information do you have on workplace violence?
Reports on violence in the workplace offer the latest information on nonfatal and fatal forms of vio...  Read More

Does the NCVS estimate crime on the state and/or local level?
No. The NCVS is based on a nationally representative sample of households. Estimates from the N...  Read More

How do I get paper copies of older reports that are not on your webpage?
You no longer have to order paper copies of BJS reports released prior to 1995. More than 450 BJS pu...  Read More

You have a footnote saying that the number is based on 10 or fewer sample cases. But the number is larger than 10. How can this be?
We develop national estimates from sample cases of interviews with victims. We take the data we...  Read More

Do you have information on black-on-black crime?
Information on black on black crime is available in tables 42 and 48 one of our annual publications,...  Read More

I want information that the Census Bureau has about neighborhoods, blocks, or detailed geography. Why can't I have it?
The Census Bureau has regulations to protect confidentiality of data, which prevents release of any ...  Read More

Why do the numbers vary so much from year-to-year for some crimes such as rape/sexual assault? 
Although the overall NCVS includes about 40,000 households most households do not report any crimes....  Read More

Do you have any information on disabled victims of crime?
Yes. The information is available in the Crime Against People with Disabilities series....  Read More

Why is there more than one set of national numbers about the crime rate and which one is right? 
There are two national crime series which have data on crime rates and trends. The National Cri...  Read More

What is the margin of error for the survey?
Many surveys have a specific margin of error because all of the questions are asked of every person....  Read More

Do you have information on family violence?
See Intimate Partner Violence in the United States to get detailed information on family violence.&n...  Read More

Do you have data more recent than 1994 on the economic cost of crime? 
Yes. Information on the economic cost of crime is available in table 82 of Criminal Victimization in...  Read More

What information do you have on gang members?
The most recent data released on gang members is available in Violence by Gang Members, 1993-2003. W...  Read More

What is the difference between intimate partner violence and domestic violence?
Domestic relationships include intimate partners, immediate family members, and other relatives. In...  Read More

What information do you have on race/ethnicity and crime?
We have several reports that deal with race and crime.  The annual publication, Criminal Victim...  Read More

Does the NCVS collect data on kidnapping victims?
No, kidnapping is not a crime that is covered by the NCVS....  Read More

What is statistical significance?
If we state that a finding is statistically significant at the 95% level, this means that if we had ...  Read More

How does the NCVS differ from the Uniform Crime Reports done by the FBI?
The NCVS and UCR both offer important information on criminal victimization; however, the two p...  Read More

What is NIBRS?
NIBRS stands for National Incident-Based Reporting System. Unlike the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting ...  Read More

What does UCR stand for?
UCR stands for the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, a project of the FBI. You can learn more about t...  Read More

What is the National Crime Victimization Survey?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the natio...  Read More


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