The National Crime Survey measures selected personal and household crimes, including offenses not reported to the police, through interviews at 6-month intervals with the occupants of an average of about 58,000 housing units. Based on a sample representative of the U.S. population aged 12 and over, the survey has yielded since 1973 an unprecedented amount of information about crime and its victims. Survey results are statistically weighted, producing national estimates. The trends portrayed in graphic and tabular form show no change in violent crime, a continuing decline in personal thefts, a declining burglary rate from 1973 and a record low burglary rate in 1982, an increase in aggravated-assault reports to police, and an overall decrease in police-reported crime rates. Eight footnotes and a list of Bureau of Justice Statistics reports are provided.
Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1973-1982 Trends
Presents data from National Crime Surveys from 1973 to 1982 to show trends in particular crime categories, and the narrative portion of the report focuses on changes between 1981 and 1982.
Date Published: September 1, 1983