Bureau of Justice Statistics
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
April 2006, NCJ 211511
National Crime Victimization Survey
Crime and the Nation’s
By Patsy Klaus
In 2004, 14% of households in the
United States, accounting for 16 million
households, experienced 1 or more
violent or property victimizations as
measured by the National Crime
Victimization Survey (NCVS). These
crimes include rape/sexual assault,
robbery, aggravated and simple assault,
purse snatching or pocket picking,
household burglary, motor vehicle theft,
and property theft.
In 2004, 3% of households had a
member age 12 or older who
experienced one or more violent crimes.
Simple assault was the type of violent
crime sustained by most households.
Twelve percent of households
experienced one or more property
crimes, with theft the most widely
sustained. There were no real
differences between 2003 and 2004
in the percentage of households
experiencing total crimes.
Both violent and property crime declined
between 1994 and 2004. The
percentage of U.S. households
experiencing one or more crimes
dropped from 25% in 1994 to 14% in
The percentage of U.S. households experiencing one or more crimes dropped
from 25% in 1994 to 14% in 2004
NCVS total crime
Percent of U.S. households
• Both violent and property crimes
declined between 1994 and 2004.
• Households with at least one mem-
ber who experienced a violent crime
declined from 7% in 1994 to 3% in
• Households experiencing property
crimes declined from 21% in 1994 to
12% in 2004.
• In 2004 about 16 million house-
holds experienced one or more prop-
erty crimes or had a member age 12
or older who experienced one or
more violent crimes.
• About 1 in every 27 households in
2004 were either burglarized or had
a member age 12 or older who was
a victim of a violent crime committed
by a stranger. The porti