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Reporting Crime to the Police

NCJ Number
195710
Date Published
March 2003
Author(s)
Timothy C. Hart, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics
Publication Type
Publication
Annotation
Presents National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data from 1992 to 2000 on non-lethal crimes against persons age 12 or older that were reported to police.
Abstract

This Special Report presents National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data from 1992 to 2000 on non-lethal crimes against persons age 12 or older that were reported to police. The reporting of overall violent crime, serious violent crimes, and simple assaults increased from 1992 through 2000. In 2000 a total of 9.9 million crimes were reported to law enforcement authorities, according to NCVS estimates.

Highlights
  • Overall violent crimes, rapes/sexual assaults, simple assaults, and serious violent crimes were reported to the police in higher percentages for 2000 than for the period 1992 through 1999.
  • Violence against females was more likely to be reported than violence against males.
  • Overall violent crime committed by strangers was reported to police at a higher percentage than was violent crime committed by nonstrangers.
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