Crime & Victim Stats at a Glance

posted Apr 11, 2011, 9:47 PM by Ronnie V
A continuation of our informational series during National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Victim Stats at a Glance
(Based on 2009 statistics, unless otherwise noted)

--20 million crimes were committed in the United States; of these, 4.3 million were violent and 15.6 million were property crimes.

--About half (49 percent) of violent crimes and 40 percent of property crimes were reported to the police.

--Youth ages 12 to 24 had the highest rate of victimization.

--During a one-year period, 60.6 percent of children and youth from birth to 17 years of age experienced at least one direct or indirect (as a witness) victimization.

--Almost half (46.3 percent) of children and youth from birth to 17 years of age experienced a physical assault, one in four (24.6 percent) a property offense, 1 in 10 (10.2 percent) child maltreatment, and 6.1 percent a sexual victimization.

--An estimated 15,241 persons were murdered nationwide in 2009, a 7.3 percent decline from 2008.

--Of female murder victims in 2009, 35 percent were killed by an intimate partner.

--121,613 persons over the age of 65 were victims of violent crime.

--Nearly 11 million adults became victims of identity fraud, up from 10 million in 2008.

--Victims ages 12 or older experienced a total of 125,910 rapes or sexual assaults.

--90,957 crimes were reported to police on the college and university campuses that report to the Uniform Crime Report; 97 percent were property crimes, and three percent violent crimes.

--10,999 terrorist attacks occurred, resulting in 14,971 deaths, 32,664 wounded, and 10,507 people taken hostage.

--According to the U.S. Department of State, there are 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world.

--Violent crimes by intimate partners (current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend) accounted for 26 percent of non-fatal violent crimes against females and 5 percent against males.

--In 2008, there were 11,773 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities (32 percent of all traffic fatalities) involving a driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater, a decline of nearly 10 percent from 2007.

--During a one-year period, 3.4 million people ages 18 or older in the United States were stalked.

--In the first half of 2010, spyware infections prompted 617,000 U.S. households to replace their computers. One out of every 11 households surveyed had a major problem due to spyware, with damages totaling $1.2 billion.

--521 workplace homicides occurred in the United States accounting for 12 percent of all workplace fatalities.

--Victim compensation programs distributed $478 million in 2009. This amount is an increase over the $453 million paid in 2007 and $444 million paid in 2006. 

Source: Office for Victims of Crimes website