The report of crime in the U.S. released last month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is not good news for the American people. According to the report, violent crime rates across the U.S. jumped by about 18 percent, and property crimes rose by 11 percent between 2010 and 2011. This is the first increase for both crime categories since 1993, according to the report entitled “Criminal Victimization 2011.” Assaults, which accounted for 86 percent of all violent victimization in 2011, increased by 22 percent. The report found there was no statistically significant change in the number of serious violent victimizations from 2010 to 2011. Serious violent victimizations in 2011 included an estimated 244,000 rapes or sexual assaults, 557,000 robberies, and 1.1 million aggravated assaults. The following are the other findings and conclusions reached in the report:
• As with the number of violent crimes, the rate of violent victimization increased driven primarily by the increase in assaults. Between 2010 and 2011, the rate of simple assault increased by 21 percent, from 12.7 to 15.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons. The rate of aggravated assault went up slightly, from 3.4 to 4.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons. The report also found that over the ten-year period between 2002 and 2011, the rate of violent crime declined 30 percent and the rate of serious violent crime declined 28 percent. The change in both the number and rate of violent crime victimizations varied by the type of violence.
• Total domestic violent victimizations, or crimes committed by family members and intimates, increased slightly from 1.1 million in 2010 to 1.4 million domestic violent victimizations in 2011. However, the report found no measurable change between 2010 and 2011 was detected for serious domestic violence – domestic violence involving rape, robbery, or aggravated assault. In addition, no measurable change was detected in intimate partner violence or serious intimate partner violence during this period. No measurable change was detected for serious violent crimes involving weapons or crimes involving injury to the victim.
• The total number of property victimizations also increased by 11 percent between 2010 and 2011, from 15.4 million to 17.1 million victimizations. During the same period, the report states that the number of burglary victimizations increased 14 percent, from 3.2 million to 3.6 million victimizations. Theft increased by 1.2 million victimizations, from 11.6 million victimizations in 2010 to 12.8 million in 2011. The number of motor vehicle thefts remained steady over this period with 628,000 victimizations occurring in 2011.
• Similar to the increase in the number of property crimes, the victimization rate for property crime also increased by 11 percent between 2010 and 2011, from 125.4 to 138.7 victimizations per 1,000 households. Household burglary increased 14 percent, from 25.8 to 29.4 victimizations per 1,000 households, and theft increased 10 percent, from 94.6 to 104.2 per 1,000 households. No measureable change occurred in the rate of motor vehicle theft between 2010 and 2011.
• Over the ten-year period between 2002 and 2011, total property crime declined 18 percent; however, there has been no change in the burglary rate.
• The report found that males had a higher rate of total violent victimization than females in 2011.
• From 2010 to 2011, white non-Hispanics and Hispanics experienced an increase in violent victimization rates, while the violent victimization rate for black non-Hispanics was stable.
• Generally, the report states that persons age 24 or younger had higher violent victimization rates than older persons.
• From 2010 to 2011, persons who were married experienced an increase in violent and serious violent victimization.
• From 2010 to 2011, residents in the Midwest and West experienced a slight increase in total violence. No differences were detected for residents in the Northeast or South. In 2011, residents in the Northeast and South experienced lower rates of violence compared to the Midwest and West.
• Persons from the suburbs experienced an increase in violent crime from 2010 to 2011. As was the case in 2010, urban residents had higher rates of serious and total violence than suburban and rural residents in 2011.
The American people are entitled to be safe and secure in their homes and in the work place. But it’s quite apparent that such is not the case today. Neither should parents have to worry about the safety of their children in the schools. We have lots of work to do in the U.S. to both prevent and combat crime. Regardless of what the NRA and the Tea Party zealots say, we need sensible gun control in this country at both the federal and state levels. Also, nobody can say that a concerted effort to combat illegal drug sales and use is not badly needed. Clearly, this is a major problem that affects the level of violent crime in the U.S. We must all work together on these critically important issues. The future of our nation is at stake.
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics
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