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I am doing a paper on violent and non-violent crimes and where they are more likely to occur and how often. How crime differs based on region like urban verses rural areas. Focusing on a specific neighborhood or city and discuss where crimes would occur within that location....i.e., which houses would be targets and why, what areas would be most dangerous, etc.

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Interesting topic! Information for a paper like this one comes from statistics from various crime reports. I also attached the response in WORD for active links and graphs (Posting 177200.doc). I located ample information and links for further research for you to successfully complete this paper. I also attached two supporting resources.

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1. I am doing a paper on violent and non-violent crimes and where they are more likely to occur and how often. How crime differs based on region like urban verses rural areas.

The United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) counts five categories of crime as violent crimes: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. According to BJS figures, the rate of violent crime victimization in the United States declined by more than half between the years 1994 and 2001 (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/viort.htm). All other crimes are classified as non-violent crimes, but most statistics refer to property crimes as the non-violent crimes.

Specifically, violent crime or crime of violence is a crime in which the offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon the victim. This entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective, such as murder, as well as crimes in which violence is the means to an end, such as robbery. Violent crimes include crimes committed with and without weapons. With the exception of rape (which accounts for 6% of all violent crimes), males are the primary victims of all forms of violent crime ( http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict_v.htm).

Briefly, violent crimes occur less frequently than property crimes (non-violent). Urban residents had the highest violent victimization rates for violent crimes, followed by suburban resident rates. Rural residents had the lowest rates.

Violent Crimes:

Frequency (how often): SEE GRAPH IN ATTACHED RESPONSE

From another source: SEE GRAPH IN THE ATTACHED RESPONSE

The data presented in the above graph: Crime in the United States reflect the Hierarchy Rule, which requires that only the most serious offense in a multiple-offense criminal incident be counted. The descending order of UCR violent crimes are: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Overview:

· An estimated 1,417,745 violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2006.
· There were an estimated 473.5 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.
· When data for 2006 to 2005 were compared, the estimated volume of violent crime increased 1.9 percent. The 5-year trend (2006 compared with 2002) indicated that violent crime decreased 0.4 percent. For the 10-year trend (2006 compared with 1997) violent crime fell 13.3 percent.
· Aggravated assault accounted for the majority of violent crimes, 60.7 percent. Robbery accounted for 31.6 percent and forcible rape accounted for 6.5 percent. Murder, the least committed violent offense, made up 1.2 percent of violent crimes in 2006. (Based on Table 1.)

. In 2006, firearms were used in 67.9 percent of the Nations murders, in 42.2 percent of the robbery offenses, and in 21.9 percent of the aggravated assaults. (Weapon data are not collected for forcible rape offenses.) (Based on Table 19 (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/data/table_19.html) and Expanded Homicide Data Table 7 (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_07.html).

Time of occurrence:

In 2005 -
· 53% of incidents of violent crime occurred during the day between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
· Almost two-thirds of the rapes/sexual assaults occurred at night from 6 ...

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This solution discusses violent and non-violent crimes in terms of where they are more likely to occur and how often e.g. urban verses rural areas, different types of neighborhood or city, and location within these locations e.g. houses would be targets and why, what areas would be most dangerous, etc. Supplemented with two highly informative articles and graphs of crime statistics by location.

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