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Household burglary, 1994-2011


Hardison Walters, J., Moore, A., Berzofsky, M., & Langton, L. (2013). Household burglary, 1994-2011. (Special Report. NCJ 241754). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.


In 2011, U.S. households experienced about 3,394,700 burglary victimizations, a decline from 6,353,700 in 1994. The rate of burglary (attempted forcible entry, completed forcible entry, and completed
unlawful entry) decreased 56% from 1994 to 2011, from 63.4 to 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 U.S. households (figure 1). Although declines in the rate of completed burglary were consistent across most characteristics
of U.S. households, the greatest declines occurred among households in urban areas (down 63%), those headed by Hispanics (down 67%), and those with an income of $75,000 or more (down 74%). From 1994
to 2011, the largest proportion of burglaries involved completed unlawful entries, in which someone with no legal right to be in the
residence entered without use of force. (See Measuring burglary in the NCVS on page 3 for additional definitions of burglary.)