"In 2002 U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced about 23.0 million violent and property victimizations, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). These criminal victimizations included an estimated 17.5 million property crimes (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft), 5.3 million violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault), and 155,000 personal thefts (pocket picking and purse snatching). The 23.0 million criminal victimizations in 2002 continued a downward trend that began in 1994. Criminal victimization estimates are the lowest since the 1973 estimate of 44 million victimizations when the NCVS began."
Bureau of Justice Statistics: NCJ 199994
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