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The NCVS - • Crime touches about 23 million households in...

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The NCVS The NCVS is an ongoing survey of households that consists of interviews with 100,000 persons in  50,000 households twice each year. It asks residents of the United States about their victimizations  from crime and reports on rape, sexual assault, robbery, both simple and aggravated assault, theft,  household burglary, and motor vehicle theft. It omits murder and drug crimes. The latter is an  important omission because a shift in criminal activity from an included crime (for example, burglary  or robbery) to drug dealing would appear as a decrease in the overall crime rate when no actual  decrease had occurred. NCVS data reveal the following facts about crime and victimization. The actual amount of crime is several times greater than the UCR shows.
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Unformatted text preview: • Crime touches about 23 million households in the United States each year. • The total personal cost of crime to victims is about $13 billion each year. • The chance of being the victim of a violent crime is much higher for young African-American males than for any other group of the population. • Violent criminal victimizations are extremely rare events. • Most crimes against individuals are absorbed by the victims without reporting them to the police. Drawbacks to this report are that some people may incorrectly remember events as crimes that were not crimes and the high cost of door-to-door interviewing....
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  • Fall '09
  • staff
  • Motor Vehicle Theft., overall crime rate, extremely rare events, Violent criminal victimizations, total personal cost

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