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Crime Victimization Survey

Crime Victimization Survey in Pennsylvania 1999, August 2000

Millersville University, Center for Opinion Research

The 1999 Pennsylvania Crime Victimization Survey (PCVS) was based on phone interviews with approximately 8,000 randomly selected Pennsylvania households. According to the report, 1 out of every 4 state residents age 12 or older was a victim of a crime within the past year, and most of these offenses were property crimes. The most common crimes reported in the PCVS were larceny-theft, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. Violent crime victimizations were very rare. Only 1 out of 150 residents was a victim of assault, and the victimization rates for robbery and sexual assault were each only 1 out of every 400 residents.

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1996 Crime Victimization Survey in Pennsylvania, November 1997

Penn State University - Harrisburg Campus, Center for Survey Research


In 1996, there were 250 victimizations per 1,000 Pennsylvania residents age 18 and older. Personal and household theft is the single most frequently reported crime accounting for 1 of every 2 crimes. In terms of the proportion of people who experienced crime, 1 of 9 people reported personal and household crimes, while 1 in 20 reported motor vehicle theft and 1 in 25 reported neighborhood/workplace/community crime. Those three categories of crime accounted for 75% of all crimes. Crime rates rose with the level of family income and higher levels were reported in urban areas and among women. Regional variations also existed in the different categories of crimes surveyed. For instance, 74% of all motor vehicle thefts occurred in southeast PA (53%) and southwest PA (21%). In the category of offender known to victim, women were more than twice as likely as men (71% vs. 29%) to report this type of crime. Unreported crimes (2% of all crimes) were reported by about 1 in 100 people.

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