Violent Crime Statistics

  • Miami, Florida Negligent Security and Premises Liability Attorneys In 2004, there were an estimated 1,367,009 violent crimes nationwide. Of these, aggravated assaults comprised 62.5 percent; robbery, 29.4 percent; forcible rape, 6.9 percent; and murder, 1.2 percent. (FBI).

  • The occurrence of violent crime throughout the US in 2004 was estimated at a rate of 465.5 violent offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. (FBI).

  • A look at the volume of individual offenses within the violent crime category showed that in a year-to-year comparison of 2003 to 2004 data, the estimated number of robberies decreased 3.1 percent, of murders 2.4 percent, and of aggravated assaults 0.5 percent. The only violent crime to show any increase from 2003 to 2004 was forcible rape at 0.8 percent. (FBI).

  • According to data compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to the participating law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of 18); 34% of all victims were under the age of 12. (BJS).

  • One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to the participating law enforcement agencies were under age 6. (BJS).

  • Forty percent of the offenders in the incidents reported who victimized children under age 6 were juveniles (under the age of 18). (BJS).

  • 49 percent of juvenile kidnappings are perpetuated by family members, 27 percent by an acquaintance and 24 percent by a stranger. (BJS).

  • In terms of the rate of offenses for each of the four violent crimes (robbery, forcible rape, aggravated assault and murder), aggravated assault had the highest rate, estimated at 291.1 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. There were an estimated 136.7 robberies, 32.2 forcible rapes and 5.5 murders for each 100,000 resident population in 2004. (FBI).

  • Most violent crime involved the use of personal weapons, such as hands, fists, feet, etc. Firearms were used in 26.4 percent and knives or cutting instruments were used in 15.5 percent of violent crime. Other dangerous weapons were used in 27.3 percent of violent crimes. (FBI).

  • The estimated number of murders in the US decreased in 2004 for the first time in four years. (FBI).

  • An estimated 16,137 persons were murdered in the US in 2004, a decline of 2.4 percent from the 2003 figure. (FBI).

  • Nationwide, the data yielded an estimated rate of 5.5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2004. (FBI).

  • Based on 2004 supplemental homicide data (where the age, sex or race of the victims were known), 90.2 percent of murder victims were adults and 9.8 percent of the victims were juveniles. Of the total number of homicide victims, 78.0 percent were male and 22.0 percent were female. Where the races of the victims were known, 49.8 percent of the victims were white, 47.6 percent were black, and 2.6 percent were American Indian/Alaskan Native or Asian/Pacific Islander. (FBI).

  • The data for 2004 concerning murders for which the offenders were known showed that 91.7 percent of the offenders were adults and 8.3 percent were juveniles. A breakdown of the data by gender showed that 90.1 percent of the offenders were male and 9.9 percent were female. In homicides where the race of the offender was known, 50.0 percent were black, 47.6 percent were white, and 2.4 percent were other races. Data from single victim/single offender incidents showed that 92.2 percent of black victims were murdered by black offenders and 84.8 percent of white victims were murdered by white offenders. (FBI).

  • Of those incidents in which the murder weapon was specified, 70.3 percent of the homicides that occurred in 2004 were committed with firearms. Of those, 77.9 percent involved handguns, 5.4 percent involved shotguns and 4.2 percent involved rifles. Approximately 12.4 percent of the murders were committed with other types or unspecified types of firearms. Knives or cutting instruments were used in 14.1 percent of the murders and blunt objects (Eg. Clubs, hammers, etc.) were used in 5.0 percent of the homicides. (FBI).

  • The supplemental homicide data showed that the circumstances were unknown for 35.0 percent of the murders that occurred in 2004. For the murders for which the circumstances were known, 22.8 percent of the murders involved another felony, such as forcible rape, robbery or burglary. Investigators suspected that another 1.3 percent of homicides likely resulted during another felonious activity. Law enforcement cited that arguments, including those over money or property were the cause of 44.4 percent of the murders. Other circumstances, such as brawls and juvenile gang killings were noted in 12.8 percent of the murders. (FBI).

  • Seven thousand two hundred-sixty five (7,265) people in the United States were murdered in 2004 using handguns. (FBI).

  • According to data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 507 people in the US were killed with shotguns in 2004. (FBI).

  • In 2004, 411 persons were shot and killed with rifles. (FBI).

  • One thousand eight hundred-sixty six people in the United States were murdered with knives or other cutting instruments in 2004. (FBI).

  • In 2004, 15 people were murdered by drowning. (FBI).

  • One hundred-fifty five people in the US were killed by strangulation in 2004. (FBI).

  • Asphyxiation was the means by which 105 people in the US were murdered in 2004. (FBI).

  • 94,635 people were victims of forcible rape in the United States in 2004. (BJS)

  • In 2004, 16,137 people were murdered in the US. (BJS)

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