Based on data from the national crime survey, this report focuses on the nature of crime against Hispanics, comparing and contrasting selected characteristics of Hispanic and non-Hispanic victims, as well as of the crimes themselves. Data are based on annual averages for the period 1973-78.
An introduction comments on year-to-year trends in crime against Hispanics. Offenses examined in this report are the personal crimes of rape, robbery, assault, and larceny and the household crimes of burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. The analytical discussion covers victim characteristics, offender characteristics, crime incident characteristics, and reporting to the police. Each subtopic highlights the differences, if any, between Hispanics and non-Hispanics and then gives more detailed information about Hispanics. Each subtopic is supported by an illustrative chart or table and a comprehensive set of appended data tables. The report shows that during the 6-year period, Hispanics annually fell victim to an average of about 1.8 million crimes. This total represents about 5 percent of all crimes tallied during the period. Rape, robbery, and assault account for roughly 15 percent of the crimes against Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike. Hispanics experience fewer personal larcenies, relative to other crimes, than do non-Hispanics, but comparable distributions exist for household burglary and larceny. A discussion of the sample design and data reliability is appended.
Date Published: August 1, 1981