The level of nonfatal violent crime in U.S. workplaces in 2009 was about a quarter of the total in 1993, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. More than 572,000 nonfatal violent crimes—rape, robbery, or assault—occurred against persons age 16 or older while they were at work or on duty in 2009. Workplace homicides fell 51 percent from 1,068 in 1993 to 521 in 2009.
Law enforcement personnel, security guards, and bartenders had the highest rates of nonfatal workplace violence. About one-fifth of workplace violence from 2005 through 2009 consisted of serious violent crime, compared to almost two-fifths of nonworkplace violence and violence against persons not employed. Strangers committed about 53 percent of nonfatal workplace violence against males and about 41 percent against females. Data on nonfatal violence in the workplace are from the BJS National Crime Victimization Survey. Findings on fatal violence in the workplace are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.