Violent and Property Crime Up for Second Straight Year


Violent and property crime rates rose significantly for the second consecutive year in 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) estimates released today.

In 2012, the violent crime rate jumped more than 15 percent, from 22.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 26.1. The figures include estimates for rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault.

BJS' estimates are based on data from the annual National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects information about crimes, both reported to police and unreported, from victims age 12 or older.

The property crime rate increased by more than 12 percent, from 138.7 per 1,000 households in 2011 to 155.8 in 2012. Property crime figures include estimates for burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

In 2012, 44 percent of violent victimizations and 54 percent of serious violent victimizations were reported to police, according to BJS. About 34 percent of property victimizations were reported.

Read the full report HERE.

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