Crime Clock

Because part of this year's crime clock reflects data gathered from a different source than in the past, the frequency may appear significantly higher than in previous editions. This year, we relied heavily on the National Crime Victimization Survey as opposed to the Uniform Crime Reports (which only capture crime reported to law enforcement). Please note each source carefully.

  • One murder every 33 minutes.1
  • One violent crime every 5.5 seconds.2
  • One robbery every 50 seconds.2
  • One assault every 6.5 seconds.2
  • One theft every 2 seconds.2
  • One burglary every 10 seconds.2
  • One rape/sexual assault every 2 minutes.2
  • 62 women are victimized by an intimate every hour.2
  • A child is abused and/or neglected in America every 36 seconds.3
  • Every 19 seconds a violent crime is committed against a person at work or on duty.4
  • A person is killed in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 41 minutes.5
  • An identity theft is reported every 6 minutes.6
  • 3 women and/or men become victims of stalking every minute.7

You may compare these statistics to our 2001 Crime Clock.

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  1. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2002). Crime in the United States, 2001. Washington, D.C.: Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice.
  2. Rennison, Callie. (2002). Criminal Victimization in the United States 2001: Changes 2000-2001 with Trends 1993-2001. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.
  3. Children's Bureau. (2002). Child Maltreatment 2000. Washington, D.C.: Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  4. Duhart, Detis. (2002). Violence in the Workplace, 1993-99. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2002). Alcohol Inolvement in Fatal Crashes, 2000. Washington, D.C.: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation.
  6. Federal Trade Commision. (2002). Identity Theft Complain Data: Figured and Trends on Identity Theft January 2001 through December 2001. Washnigton, D.C.: Federal Trade Commision.
  7. Tjaden & Thoeness. (1998). Stalking in America: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Washington, D.C.: National Instititute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.