National Crime victimization Survey


Violent personal crimes are more likely to be reported to the policethan property crimes according to National crime victimizationsurvey. Crimes like assault, robbery, rape that involve personalconfrontation between the victim and crime offenders are consideredsome of the most serious crimes by NCVS according to Craig (1993).The most obvious reason for reports of such offenses is because theypose a threat to human life which is irreplaceable once lost.According to one victim of personal crime, “when the thugs attackedme and my son I could only think of how to save our lives, I waswilling to give up everything including our new car just to save mylife and my son’s life. I realized that a car can be replaced orpurchased another time but our lives once gone would never bereturned.” According to Malia’s confession, it is easy to see whythe value of life is so great and that people will go to any extentto protect life first instead of property.

It does not surprise me that NCVS’s data shows that only around80% of car thefts are reported to the police. Some offenses gounreported to the police due to the fear of being tracked down by thecriminals and people feel they are better safe than sorry. Perhapsthe NCVS representation of crime is not perfect but it is close to anaccurate representation of crime as most crime surveys representnational crime rates. Although the survey misses getting an actualsurvey from many victims who do not come out to report their crimes,it gives a rough idea of what usually happens in real life. Morepeople report personal crimes and fewer property crimes assertsSchmalleger (2012). The main role of national crime should be toprotect human life then other crimes follow.


Craig, P. M.(1993).&nbspCriminalvictimization in the u.s. 1991: A national crime victimization survey report.S.l.: Diane Pub Co.

Schmalleger, F. (2012). Criminology today: An integrativeintroduction (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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