Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Seasonal patterns exist when similar fluctuations in the victimization rates tend to recur each year during the same season. Seasonal patterns are a long-standing topic in both popular and scholarly literatures on crime and show how environmental factors, such as temperature changes and daylight hours, might be associated with crime throughout the year. Seasonal patterns also are examined to learn whether routine activity patterns, such as those associated with the beginning and end of the school year, are associated with variations in crime throughout the year. This report examines seasonal patterns in violent and household property victimization in the United States from 1993 to 2010. It describes seasonal patterns for household property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and household larceny) and types of violence (rape and sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault). Trends in other forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, victimizations involving weapons, and those resulting in injury, also are examined to determine the extent to which seasonal fluctuations exist."

Report Number:
NCJ 245959; National Criminal Justice 245959
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.bjs.gov/
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