U.S. Department of Justice Publishes Criminal Victimization Numbers for 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice recently released the results of the National Crime Victimization Survey for 2011. While the overall rate of violent crime has decreased by 72 percent between 1993 and 2011, in the past year the rate of violent crime has increased by 17 percent, from 19.3 to 22.5 victimizations per 1000 persons, age 12 and older.1 The total number of people who were victims of crime in the United States in 2011 is 22,872,210.
The increase in violent crime during the past year can be attributed to aggravated and simple assaults. Although no one ever likes to see an increase in crime, the actual change in the rate between 2010 and 2011 of 3.3 per 1,000 is well below the average annual rate change over the past 20 years, which stands at 4.3 per 1,000.
One piece of good news is that there was no increase in the rate of intimate partner violence in the past year. Urban residents continued to experience the highest rates of serious violence.
Property crime grew by 11 percent between 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the rate was 125.4 incidents of property crime per 1,000 households and in 2011 the rate rose to 138.7 cases of property crime per 1,000. During the same period, burglaries increased by 14 percent.
The following chart breaks down crime statistics for 2011.
Number of Cases
Total Violent Crime
Total Property Crime
Motor Vehicle Theft
If you or a member of your family is the victim of a crime, contact the attorneys of Bachus & Schanker, LLC for legal advice and representation. Our passion is justice for all persons who have been victimized.
1 Truman, Jennifer L. and Michael Planty, Criminal Victimization, 2011, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, October 2012, NCJ 239437.