Crime Statistics

Vulnerability to Violent Crime

* At the current homicide rate, roughly one in every 240 Americans will be murdered.[23]

* A U.S. Justice Department study based on crime data from 1974-1985 found:

  • 42% of Americans will be the victim of a completed violent crime (assault, robbery,   rape) in the course of their lives
  • 83% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime
  • 52% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime more than once[24]

* A 1997 survey of more than 18,000 prison inmates found that among those serving time for a violent crime, “30% of State offenders and 35% of Federal offenders carried a firearm when committing the crime.”[25]

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