November 15, 2016
It’s revenge for slavery hundreds of years ago.
Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults report that they or someone in their household was the victim of at least one form of conventional — meaning nondigital — crime in the past year. This is in line with the average 27% over the past four years, but up from an average of 24% in the early 2000s.
More generally, Americans’ self-reported experience with crime has been trending up since about 2001 and is now at a numerical high. Although not significantly higher than the 27% recorded in 2015, it could suggest the continuation of the upward trend and bears watching in the coming years.
The latest results are from Gallup’s annual Crime poll, conducted Oct. 5-9.
The household victimization index reflects U.S. adults’ responses to whether they or anyone in their household was the victim of each of seven different crimes spanning theft, vandalism and violent crimes. Those who say their household experienced a listed crime are then asked whether it happened to them personally or to another family member.
Overall, 16% of U.S. adults say that they were personally the victim of at least one crime in the past year, similar to the 17% found in 2015 and about the middle of the 14% to 19% range seen since 2001.