It’s been an incredibly busy couple of weeks, and I’ve fallen behind on almost everything, including my writing. But, today, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released their latest report on crime victimization (PDF), so I wanted to make note of that and share it with all of you.
The news isn’t particularly good, especially in terms of violent victimization rates, but it isn’t all bad either:
The rate of violent victimization increased from 22.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2011 to 26.1 in 2012. Crime not reported to police and simple assault accounted for the majority of this increase. Violent victimizations not reported police increased from 10.8 per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 14.0 in 2012.
Although the report notes that this increase isn’t statistically significant, it does represent the second year in a row that the rate has increased. On the bright side, the rate of domestic violence did not increase, which is always a good thing.
Another positive to remember is that the current overall rate of victimization is drastically lower than the 80 victimizations per 1,000 persons from the early to mid-1990s.
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