This report provides official estimates of criminal victimizations reported and not reported to police from the National Crime Victimization Survey. It describes the characteristics of crimes, victims, and offenders. It describes the characteristics of crimes, victims, and offenders. In addition, this year, the Bureau of Justice Statistics provides new classifications of urban, suburban, and rural areas, with the goal of presenting a more accurate picture of where criminal victimizations occur. The rate of violent crime excluding simple assault declined 15 percent from 2018 to 2019, from 8.6 to
7.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older. The rate of violent victimizations not reported to police rose from 9.5 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2015 to 12.9 per 1,000 in 2018, while the rate of violent victimizations reported to police showed no statistically significant change. Based on the 2019 survey, less than half (41 percent) of violent victimizations were reported to police.