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Households Touched by Crime, 1981

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Date Published
September 1982
Almost 25 million households were affected by violent crime or theft in 1981, amounting to 30 percent of the nation's population.

This percentage was identical in 1980 and only 2 percent lower than in 1975. Black households, higher income households, and households in central cities were most vulnerable to crime. Larcenies were the most pervasive of the measured crimes, with more than 20 percent of all households experiencing at least one larceny. In addition, 7 percent of all households were the target of at least one completed attempted burglary, and members of 6 percent of the households were victims of violent crime, either by strangers or family members/acquaintances. A total of 11 percent of all households were touched by crimes of 'high concern' -- household burglary and violent crime by strangers (rape, robbery, or assault). These statistics are derived from National Crime Survey data. Detailed findings and graphs are presented.

Date Published: September 1, 1982