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Terms & Definitions: The Crime event

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 or herself 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, in restaurants, in nightclubs, on public transportation, and at 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.

Race
For the National Crime Victimization Survey, respondents self identify with one or more racial categories. Racial categories include white only, black only, and other race only. The "other" category is composed of Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos, if only one of these races is given. Persons reporting two or more races are included in the category of "more than one race." The race of the head of household is used for computing household crime demographics.


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