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Crime Victims More Likely Live in These Three States, DOJ Says

Members of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday published crime victimization statistics for the nation’s 22 largest states between 2017 to 2019, and the three most dangerous were either politically purple or blue.

The DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) wrote the report, titled Criminal Victimization in the 22 Largest U.S. States, 2017–2019.

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“Among the 22 most populous states, Colorado, Arizona and Washington had violent victimization rates that were higher than the national rate (21.6 violent victimizations per 1,000 persons aged 12 or older) during the aggregate period of 2017 to 2019,” according to the BJS report.

“Violent victimization in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault.”

The NCVS is the DOJ’s yearly crime victimization survey. The DOJ obtains data from a nationally representative sample of about 240,000 persons in about 150,000 households.

“Seven states (Texas, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and New Jersey) had rates of violent victimization that were lower than the national rate,” the BJS report said.

“The remaining 12 states (Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Illinois) had rates that were not statistically different from the U.S. rate.”

The 22 largest states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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“During 2017-19, these 22 states accounted for 79 percent of the U.S. population and 75 percent of violent victimizations.

Across the 22 states, between 34 percent and 58 percent of violent crimes were reported to police, compared to 43 percent nationwide,” according to the BJS report.

“For property crimes (which include burglary, trespassing, motor vehicle theft and other household theft), the percentage reported to police was between 28 percent and 44 percent across the 22 states and was 34 percent for the nation. Property crime rates were higher than the national rate in six states and were lower in 12: Washington, Colorado, Arizona, California, Indiana, and Texas had higher rates; Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and New Jersey had lower rates.”

The BJS is the DOJ’s primary statistical agency.

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