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Criminal Victimization 1989

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Date Published
October 1990
Data from the National Crime Survey indicate that persons age 12 or older living in the United States experienced 19.7 million victimizations involving violence or personal theft; in addition, 16.1 million household crimes such as burglary and motor vehicle theft were committed.

About 37 percent of these crimes were reported to the police, a proportion similar to that of 1988. Although the overall level of crime did not change from the 1988 level, the number of certain types of crimes changed significantly. Burglaries decreased by 7.3 percent, and household larcenies by 6.4 percent. Crime rates varied geographically: the household crime rate rose significantly in the south and dropped significantly in the midwest. The rate of personal crime in the midwest also showed a significant decline. The overall level of crime has decreased significantly from the peak year of 1981, with a total drop of 11 percent for violent crimes and 15 percent for household crimes. Figures and tables.

Date Published: October 10, 1990