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Criminal Victimization, 2020

NCJ Number
Rachel E. Morgan; Alexandra Thompson
Date Published
October 2021
22 pages

This report is the 48th report in a series that began in 1973. It analyzes data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and includes statistics on nonfatal violent (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (burglary or trespassing, motor vehicle theft, and other types of household theft). The report also describes the characteristics of crimes and victims. See also Criminal Victimization, 2020 – Supplemental Statistical Tables.


  • The violent victimization rate declined from 21.0 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2019 to 16.4 per 1,000 in 2020.
  • The number of violent crimes, excluding simple assault, fell from 2.0 million in 2019 to 1.6 million in 2020.
  • The number of burglary and trespassing victimizations declined from 2019 (2.2 million) to 2020 (1.7 million).
  • About 40% of violent victimizations and 33% of property victimizations were reported to police in 2020.