Violent Crime on the Rise

24 used bullet shells lined up in a rectangle of 3 by 8The 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reports that violent crime has been trending upward since 2015, a stark reversal from the consistent decline which started in the 1990s.

Overall, the survey results present a slow, but steady, rise in violent crimes beginning in 2015. However, the report shows that participants experienced almost twice the incidents of sexual assault in just one year (from 1.4 in 2017 to 2.7 in 2018).

Among the increases in violent crimes, there is only one category that shows decline: robbery, which lowered slightly since 2017, but is still within normal averages in the last five years.

A branch of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCVS surveys all household members 12 and older via the U.S. Census Bureau. They compare their data against the Uniform Crime Reporting program, which deals solely with crimes reported to the police. The NCVS survey results include crimes reported to and not reported to police. The data shows that “[l]ess than half (43%) of violent victimizations were reported to the police,” a decline from 2015.


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