ERIC Number: ED336695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Crime and the Nation's Households, 1990. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin.
Rand, Michael R.
The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) collects data on crimes that are not reported to the police as well as those that are reported. Because some crimes are difficult or impossible to examine in a general population survey, the NCVS measures only the personal victimizations of rape, robbery, assault, and theft, and the household crimes of theft, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The percentage of households experiencing a crime has not shown a statistically significant year-to-year increase since the inception of the indicator in 1975. In 1990 white households were less likely to fall victim to a measured crime than black households and households of other races. Households with higher incomes were more susceptible to theft or attempted theft than were lower-income households. In 1990 households in urban areas continued to be the most likely, and those in rural areas continued to be the least likely to be touched by crime. During 1990, as in the four previous years, households in the Northeast were the least vulnerable to crime, while those in the West were the most. In general, the more people in a household, the greater its susceptibility to crime. In 1990, 1 in 14 households in the nation was burglarized or had a member who was the victim of a violent crime committed by a stranger. Black households were not only more vulnerable to crime than white households but were also more likely, if victimized, to report a serious violent crime or a crime of high concern. Population movements and changes in household composition have affected the overall downward trend that the households-victimized-by-crime indicator has shown since 1975. (A discussion of the NCVS methodology is included.) (LLL)
Descriptors: Crime, National Surveys, Rape, Statistical Surveys, Stealing, Trend Analysis, Victims of Crime
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 282-055/50015).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.