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Violent Crime Rate Drops Again

August 28, 2000

The U.S. violent-crime rate has sunk to levels not seen since the government started keeping score in 1973. The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued its latest National Crime Victimization Survey yesterday, which reported that violent crime struck 33.7 persons for every 1,000 Americans 12 years old or older last year.

  • That represented a 10 percent decrease from 1998 and a 50 percent drop from 1993.
  • Incidents of picked pockets or purses fell 60.9 percent since 1993.
  • Fewer burglaries caused the property crime rate to drop almost 10 percent year-to-year; while simple assault declined nearly 11 percent from 1998 to 1999.
  • Robbery and aggravated assault declined slightly, while rapes increased from 110 per 1,000 to 141.

Violent crime rates fell most dramatically for men, whites, city dwellers and people earning more than $75,000. The rate at which blacks were victims of violent crime -- about 42 per 1,000 -- remained static from 1998 to 1999, while the white victimization rate fell from 36.3 per 1,000 to 31.9.

Murder rates were not included in the survey.

Source: Richard Willing, "Crime Rate Continues Descent," USA Today, August 28, 2000.


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