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Household Burglary

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Date Published
January 1985
Based on 1973-82 data from the National Crime Survey (NCS), this report discusses characteristics of households victimized by burglary, seasonal fluctuations, reporting rates, violent crime occurring during burglaries, and historical trends.

After defining burglary, the report profiles burglarized households according to race of household head, family income, tenure and number of units in structure, and geographic location -- urban, rural, or suburban. Data on seasonal fluctuations and time of day reveals that burglaries were more frequent during the warmer months, but that time of occurrence was about evenly divided between day and night. Also examined are proportions of burglaries that resulted in theft or property damage and factors that affect whether a burglary is reported to the police. The statistical data indicated that peoples' fears that a burglar may harm a household member who happens to be present during the incident are well-founded. Over the 10-year period, unlawful entry showed a moderate decrease while completed and attempted forcible entry rates remained substantially the same. Charts and tables are included.

Date Published: January 1, 1985