Violent Crime and Personal Safety

The news is full of stories about people who have been raped, robbed, mugged, or otherwise assaulted, and everyone cringes when they hear these reports. Who hasn’t feared becoming one of these victims? The truth, however, is that the incidence of personal violence has dropped to its lowest level in almost three decades.

Violent crime - murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault - was down from a high of 52.3 incidents per 1,000 people in 1981 to just 21.1 incidents per 1,000 in 2004, according to statistics compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice. Aggravated assault - which involves attack with a weapon or attack without a weapon that results in serious injury - was down even more sharply, from 12.4 incidents per 1,000 people in 1977 to just 4.3 incidents per 1,000 in 2004.

Everyone - and this applies to residents of big cities, small towns, and even rural areas - needs to be careful, but these lower rates of crime are evidence that if people are vigilant and take common-sense precautions, crime can be prevented.

Downloadable Resources on Violent Crime and Personal Safety

Title Description Size
File  Abusive Behaviors in Teen Dating Relationships  Research Brief on "The co-occurrence of adolescent boys' and girls' use of psychologically, physically, and sexually abusive behaviours in their dating relation... 43.7 kB
File  Cell Phones and College Students - Playing it Safe  A reproducible brochure from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit 111.9 kB
File  Cell Phones and Perceptions of Safety  A Research Spotlight highlighting two surveys conducted at Ohio State University 30.2 kB
File  Checklist for Violence Prevention  A checklist for preventing violence in your community 129.0 kB
File  Crime Prevention For People with Disabilities  A reproducible brochure with safety tips for people with disabilities 68.1 kB
File Date Rape: A Power Trip  Reproducible brochure about how to prevent date rape 47.0 kB
File Dater's Bill of Rights  A list of rights you should have in any relationship 283.1 kB
File Family Violence Hurts Everyone  A reproducible brochure about what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence 120.7 kB
File Gang Fact Sheet  A CCDO sponsored publication by the National Crime Prevention Council focused on development of Anti-Gang efforts. 120.3 kB
File  Houston Mayor's Anti-Gang Office Webinar  As part of its “Gang Talk Thursday” webinar series NCPC presents the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and Gang Task Force. Patricia Harrington... 98.5 MB
File Making Children, Families, and Communities Safer From Violence  Full-text 28 page booklet on keeping children safe 15.9 MB
File Making Children, Families, and Communities Safer From Violence  A free, downloadable publication from NCPC 14.1 MB
File Missing and Exploited Children  NCPC Research Brief on Missing and Exploited Children 83.4 kB
FileRape: Tough Questions, No Easy Answers  Reproducible brochure on the facts about rape and sexual assault 576.4 kB
FileReaching and Serving Teen Victims: A Practical Handbook  This 41 page publication deals with helping teenage victims of crime 2.3 MB
FileSexual Assault is About Power, Control & Anger  A reproducible brochure about the prevention and consequences of rape and sexual assault 63.0 kB
FileStreetwise: The Way to Be  Reproducible brochure about staying safe on public transportation, in your car, and in public 1.2 MB
FileTalking With Children About Violence  A reproducible brochure on talking with kids about violence 1.4 MB
FileTeen Dating Violence  Reproducible brochure for teens about abusive relationships 518.0 kB
File The Hidden Crime: Domestic Violence  A reproducible brochure on identifying and preventing domestic violence 905.3 kB
File  Violence by Teenage Girls  Research Brief on "Girls Study Group; Understanding and Responding To Girls’ Delinquency." (June, 2008) 42.0 kB
File Your Inside Look at Crime Prevention: McGruff Files  This basic booklet explains the need for both individual and community prevention efforts; provides basic home, personal, and neighborhood prevention strategies...