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U.S. Department of JusticeOffice of Justice ProgramsBureau of Justice StatisticsBJSBulletinOctober 2013, NCJ 243389 Criminal Victimization, 2012Jennifer Truman, Ph.D., Lynn Langton, Ph.D., and Michael Planty, Ph.D., BJS StatisticiansIn 2012, for the second consecutive year, violent and property crime rates increased for U.S. residents age 12 or older, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The overall violent crime rate (which includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) rose from 22.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 26.1 in 2012 (figure 1). Violent victimizations that were not reported to police increased from a rate of 10.8 per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 14.0 in 2012 and accounted for the majority of the increase in total violence. The apparent increase in the rate of violent crimes reported to police from 2011 to 2012 was not statistically significant.The overall property crime rate (whic...