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Publication Criminal Victimization, 2001: Changes 2000-2001 with Trends 1993-2001

Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

September 9, 2002    NCJ 194610

Presents national levels and rates of personal and property victimization for the year 2001. Rates and levels are provided for personal and property victimization by victim characteristics, type of crime, victim-offender relationship, use of weapons, and reporting to police. A special section is devoted to trends in victimization from 1993 to 2001. Estimates are from data collected using the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), an ongoing survey of households that interviews about 80,000 persons in 43,000 households twice annually. Violent crimes included in the report are rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault (from the NCVS), and homicide (from the FBI's UCR program). Property crimes examined are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft.


  • The violent crime rate fell 10% 2000-2001, due primarily to a significant decrease in the rate of simple assault.
  • The overall property crime rate fell 6% between 2000-2001 because of decreases in theft and household burglary rates.
  • For the first year since the redesign of the NCVS in 1992, in 2001 males and females were victims of simple assault at similar rates.

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