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24 Million U.S. Crimes in 2003

Criminal Victimization
Summary findings | BJS publications | Also by BJS Staff | Selected statistics

Summary findings
 In 2003, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced approximately 24 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey.
-- 77% (18.6 million) were property crimes
-- 22% (5.4 million) were crimes of violence
-- 1% were personal thefts.

 In 2003 for every 1,000 persons age 12 or older, there occurred
--1 rape or sexual assault
--1 assault with injury
--2 robberies
 Murders were the least frequent violent victimization -- about 6 murder victims per 100,000 persons in 2002.

For more information about homicide, see Homicide Trends in the United States and Data Online

 In surveys of 12 cities in 1998 -

--Violent crime victimization rates per 1,000 residents age 12 or older ranged from 60 in Washington, D.C. to 85 in New York, New York. Nationally, the violent crime victimization rate in urban areas was 51 per 1,000 residents.

-- The percentage of residents in each of the 12 cities who said they were fearful of crime in their neighborhood ranged from 20% in Madison, Wisconsin to 48% in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois.
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BJS Publications
This list is in order of the most recent publication first. Additional titles are listed on other topical pages and a comprehensive list is contained on the BJS publications page. To see a full abstract of a publication linked to electronic versions of the publication, click on the title below.
Criminal Victimization 2003, 9/04. Presents estimates of national levels and rates of personal and property victimization for the year 2003. NCJ 205455
Criminal Victimization 2002, 8/03. NCJ 199994
Criminal Victimization 2001: Changes 2000-2001 with Trends 1993-2001, 9/02. NCJ 194610
Criminal Victimization 2000: Changes 1999-2000 with Trends 1993-2000, 6/01. NCJ 187007
Criminal Victimization 1999: Changes 1998-99 with Trends 1993-99, 8/00. NCJ 182734
Criminal Victimization 1998: Changes 1997-98 with Trends 1993-98, 7/99. NCJ 176353
Criminal Victimization 1997: Changes 1996-97 with Trends 1993-97, 12/98. NCJ 173385
Criminal Victimization 1996: Changes 1995-96 with Trends 1993-96, 11/97. NCJ 165812
Crime and the Nation's Households, 2002, 2/04. Presents the percentages of households touched by rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, as well as the victims' race, ethnicity, income, region, and place of residence. NCJ 201797
Crime and the Nation's Households, 2000 with Trends 1994-2000, 09/02. NCJ 194107
Crime and the Nation's Households, 1992, 9/93 . NCJ 143288
Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2002, Presents 110 tables with detailed data on major variables measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). 12/03. NCJ 200561
Earlier versions in electronic only formats:
Criminal Victimization in the United States - Statistical tables,

2001, 1/03. NCJ 197064
2000, 8/02. NCJ 188290
1999, 1/01. NCJ 184938
1998, 5/00. NCJ 181585
1997, 9/00. NCJ 174446
1996, 9/00. NCJ 174445

See the Table index to find the right table in the electronic only collection.
In printed and electronic formats:

Criminal Victimization in the United States 1995, 5/00. NCJ 171129
Criminal Victimization in the United States 1994, 5/97. NCJ 162126
Criminal Victimization in the United States 1993, 5/96. NCJ 151657
Criminal Victimization in the United States 1992, 5/95. NCJ 145125
Hate Crimes Reported in NIBRS, 1997-99, 9/01. Utilizes data from the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting Program (NIBRS) to describe hate crimes reported to law enforcement in NIBRS-participating jurisdictions, between 1997 and 1999. NCJ 186765
Summary of Human Subjects Protection Issues Related to Large Sample Surveys, 6/01. Identifies best practices to ensure that large sample surveys, particularly the National Crime Victimization Survey, are ethically sound and compliant. NCJ 187692
Linking Uniform Crime Reporting Data to Other Datasets, 5/01. Outlines the contents and uses of the new Law Enforcement Agency Identifiers Crosswalk file. NCJ 185233
Contacts between Police and Public: Findings from the 1999 National Survey, 2/01. Presents data on the nature and characteristics of citizen contacts with the police over a 12-month period. Gives statistics on police use of force and traffic stops, and discusses the relevance of the survey findings to the issue of racial profiling. NCJ 184957
Sexual Victimization of College Women, 1/01. A joint report from BJS and the National Institute of Justice which explores the prevalence and nature of sexual assault occurring at colleges throughout the nation. NCJ 182369
Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics 7/00. Presents findings from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) regarding sexual assault, especially of young children. NCJ 182990
Homicide Trends in the United States: 1998 Update, 3/00. Outlines the primary findings from the section of the BJS website about homicide patterns and trends since 1976 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/homtrnd.htm). NCJ 179767
Homicide Trends in the United States, 1/99. NCJ 173956
Use of Force By Police: Overview of National and Local Data, 11/99 This joint report by the National Institute of Justice and BJS presents findings on the extent and nature of police use of force, discusses the difficulties in establishing measurement guidelines, illuminates circumstances under which force is applied, and provides a general framework for future research on excessive displays of force. NCJ 176330
Bridging Gaps in Police Crime Data, 7/99. Describes the history of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system and the data problems that it deals with in reporting crime, arrests, and homicide.
Executive Summary, NCJ 177615
Full report, NCJ 176365
Conducting Community Surveys: A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies, 10/99. Summarizes basic points that law enforcement officials should consider in deciding whether to survey the public. NCJ 178246
Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 Cities, 1998, 6/99. Presents survey data from 12 cities regarding criminal victimization and residents' attitudes toward their neighborhood, their city, and the local policing services. NCJ 173940
Crime and Justice in the United States and in England and Wales, 1981-96, 10/98. Presents data that compares crime in the United States and England with respect to crime rates (as measured both by victimization surveys and police statistics), conviction rates, incarceration rates, and length of sentences. NCJ 169284
Displaying Violent Crime Trends Using Estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey, 6/98. Intended for an audience that is not trained in statistics, this report presents violent crime trends from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) graphically to enhance understanding of precision in sampled data and statistical significance. NCJ 167881
Police Use of Force, 11/97. Reports the results of the Police-Public Contact Survey and describes a project to acquire use of force data from law enforcement agencies. NCJ 165040
Criminal Victimization, 1973-95, 4/97. This report presents trend data for 1973-95 from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), including data collected both before and after a substantial methodological redesign that was implemented in 1992. NCJ 163069
Changes in Criminal Victimization 1994-95, 4/97. Presents the 1995 findings from the National Criminal Victimization Survey, an ongoing survey of households that each year interviews about 100,000 persons in 50,000 households. NCJ 162032
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1995: Preliminary Findings, 9/96. Reports in a press release on the 1995 preliminary National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) findings that crimes of nonfatal violence and theft in the Nation declined by almost 7 percent in 1995, almost 3 million fewer offenses than in 1994. NCJ 162603
Criminal Victimization 1994: National Crime Victimization Survey, 4/14/96. Presents the first 1994 findings from National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), based on an ongoing survey of households, each year interviewing about 100,000 persons in 50,000 household. NCJ 158022
Criminal Victimization 1993: National Crime Victimization Survey, 5/31/95. Summarizes 1993 findings from the redesigned NCVS and presents the first tabulations of 1992 data based on the redesigned survey, an ongoing survey of households, each year interviewing about 100,000 persons in 50,000 households. NCJ 151658
Crime and Neighborhoods, 6/94. Compares victimization levels and perceptions of neighborhood crime for the Nation's households using data from a variety of sources. NCJ 147005
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Also by BJS staff
Rand, Michael, R. and Callie Marie Rennison "True Crime Stories? Accounting for Differences in our National Crime Indicators" Chance, Vol. 15 No. 1, 2002
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Selected statistics
Criminal Victimization in the United States - Statistical tables
in spreadsheet and portable document format files. Subjects include:
 Demography of victims
 Victims and offenders
 Geography
 The crime event
 Victims and the criminal justice system
 Series victimizations
1996-2002 data are currently available, 12/03