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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) asks a number of questions about the crime event when respondents indicate that they were victimized by one or more of the measured crimes. The measured crimes include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, personal theft, household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft. 

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Criminal Victimization, 2014 Presents 2014 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States.
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008–2012 Presents findings from 2008 to 2012 on the relationship between households that were above or below the federal poverty level and nonfatal violent victimization, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.
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Criminal Victimization, 2013 IN 2013 VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME RATES DECLINED AFTER TWO YEARS OF INCREASES
 
Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Criminal Victimization, 2013 (Revised) Presents 2013 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft).
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Victims of Identity Theft, 2012 16.6 MILLION PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IDENTITY THEFT IN 2012
  Press Release
Part of the Identity Theft Series

Criminal Victimization, 2012 Presents 2012 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the U.S. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft).
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Criminal Victimization, 2012 FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME RATES INCREASED IN 2012 Increases driven by simple assaults and crime not reported to police
  Press Release
Part of the Criminal Victimization in the United States Series

Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010 Presents patterns and trends in violent crime against youth ages 12 to 17 from 1994 to 2010.
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Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010 SERIOUS VIOLENT CRIME AGAINST YOUTH DROPPED 77 PERCENT FROM 1994 TO 2010
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Firearms Stolen during Household Burglaries and Other Property Crimes, 2005-2010 Presents findings on the theft of firearms during household burglaries and other property crimes from 2005 through 2010.
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Terms & Definitions

Age category The appropriate age category is determined by the respondent's age on the last day of the month preceding the interview.
 
Hispanic A person who describes himself as Mexican American, Chicano, Mexican, Mexicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, South American, or from some other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
 
Non-Hispanic Persons who report their culture or origin as something other than "Hispanic" as defined above. This distinction is made regardless of race.
 
Place of occurrence of crime The location at which a crime occurred, as specified by the victim. Survey measures of crimes occurring in commercial establishments, restaurants, nightclubs, public transportation and other similar places include only those crimes involving NCVS measured crimes against persons, not the establishments. Crimes against commercial establishments and other places are not measured by the survey.
 
Prevalence rate Number of persons or households per 1,000 who experienced at least one victimization during the year.