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Demographic Differences: Victims of Crime

You are preparing to give an oral presentation to your coworkers at the upcoming weekly training meeting. Your training coordinator has requested that you speak about the demographic differences in the most common victims of violent, property, and non-violent crimes. He would also like you to cover possible causes of those differences.

...Covering an area of significance in victim demographics (e.g., race, age, sex, income level, etc.). Include information about the possible cause(s) of differences in victimization among groups within your chosen area.

How do I began the search or web site I can view?

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1. How do I begin the search or web site I can view?

Statistics on crime is a good place to look for this type of information. Decide which search words to use to draw up the best hits for your topic. Let's use the search engine Google (www.google.com) and use the search words: victims of violent, property, and non-violent crimes statistics.

The first website that comes up is an important cite with relevant to your topic - the Bureau of Justice Statistics (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict_v.htm), which measure crimes by victim demographics (age, race, location, type of crime, violent vs. non-violent, etc.). It has numerous other links as well, with some of the information below.

EXAMPLE: Non-violent and violent victim demographics:

* Males, blacks, and persons age 24 or younger continued to be victimized at higher rates than females, whites, and persons age 25 or older in 2005. See http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/cv05.htm.

* Teens and young adults experience the highest rates of violent crime.

* In 2005 -- Persons in older age groups experienced lower rates of violent victimization than person in younger age groups.

* The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports show that in 2006, 87% of murder victims were age 18 or older. Of all murder victims, 44% were 20 to 34 years old.

* The elderly, persons age 65 or older, experienced less violence and fewer property crimes than younger persons between 1993-2002.

* Property crime, not violence, provided the highest percentage of crime against persons age 65 or older.

* About 1 in 5 of personal crimes against the elderly was thefts compared to about 1 in 33 for persons age 12-49. (see http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict_v.htm)

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Solution Summary

This solution provides assistance in how to research and information on the demographic differences (e.g., race, age, sex, income level, etc.) in the most common victims of violent, property, and non-violent crimes, including possible causes of those differences. It also covers information about the possible cause(s) of differences in victimization among groups within your chosen area.

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