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BEH5 Youth perpetrators of serious violent crimes: Rate and number of serious violent crimes by youth ages 12–17, 1980–2012

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Characteristic 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006a 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012b
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 12–17
Total 34.9 40.3 33.4 33.6 33.7 30.2 29.0 31.3 34.3 33.8 39.1 39.9 44.4 52.0 47.0 36.3 35.5 30.7 26.5 26.1 17.2 19.3 11.2 14.9 13.6 17.1 17.4 10.9 13.7 11.2 9.5 6.2 9.5
Number of serious violent crimes
Total (in millions) 3.8 4.1 3.9 3.5 3.8 3.4 3.3 3.4 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.7 4.0 4.2 4.1 3.3 3.3 3.0 2.8 2.5 2.2 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.8 2.3 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.6 1.6
Number involving youth ages 12–17 (in thousands) 812 917 747 746 739 652 618 657 703 680 785 811 925 1,108 1,031 811 805 705 616 610 412 467 278 374 345 435 443 277 343 276 231 152 238
Percentage involving youth ages 12–17 21.3 22.4 19.0 21.6 19.7 19.4 18.8 19.2 19.7 19.2 22.4 21.8 23.2 26.4 25.0 24.7 24.7 23.2 22.2 24.1 18.9 23.2 16.5 20.5 20.9 23.9 19.6 17.1 22.3 18.9 17.7 9.7 14.6
Percentage of juvenile crimes involving multiple offenders 61.4 63.2 64.8 59.1 61.6 61.4 57.3 52.4 58.2 63.5 61.1 60.7 57.9 55.2 56.8 54.6 53.1 53.4 52.9 47.2 58.7 47.0 56.6 56.6 42.8 50.0 44.4 56.0 42.4 58.2 51.6 57.1 57.8
a Due to methodological changes in the 2006 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), use caution when comparing 2006 criminal perpetration estimates to those for other years. See Criminal Victimization, 2007, http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=764, for more information.
b Homicide data were not available for 2012 at the time of publication. The number of homicides for 2011 is included in the overall total for 2012. In 2011, homicides represented about 1 percent of serious violent crime and the total number of homicides by juveniles has been relatively stable over the last decade.
NOTE: The offending rate is the ratio of the number of crimes (aggravated assault, rape, and robbery, i.e., stealing by force or threat of violence) reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey that involved at least one offender perceived by the victim to be 12–17 years of age, plus the number of homicides reported to the police that involved at least one juvenile offender, to the number of juveniles in the population. Because of changes made in the victimization survey, data prior to 1992 are adjusted to make them comparable with data collected under the redesigned methodology. Estimates may vary from previous publications due to updating of more recent homicide numbers.
SOURCE: Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Supplementary Homicide Reports.