Carjackings have dropped by greater than 78 p.c since 1995, in keeping with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
Though carjackings proceed to be a terrifying staple of native information experiences, the “charge of nonfatal victimization” has dropped from 0.53 per 1,000 individuals aged 16 and over to 0.12 per 1,000 in 2021, in keeping with a report launched Tuesday.
The evaluation, drawn from Nationwide Crime Victimization Surveys over that interval, doesn’t present absolute numbers.
Criminologists usually use the speed of victimization as a extra correct indicator of against the law’s prevalence over time.
The report, which notes the speed of nonfatal carjacking victimization varies extensively from yr to yr, doesn’t provide a proof for the general drop.
In one other discovering that challenges the notion that carjacking victims usually tend to be prosperous, the statistics present that individuals incomes annual incomes of $75,000 or much less are 3 times extra more likely to be victims than these dwelling in households with increased earnings.
Black individuals had been additionally extra possible than white individuals—and as possible as Hispanic individuals—-to be victims of the crime, BJS discovered.
In a majority of circumstances, offenders used a weapon, with over 38 p.c specifically utilizing a firearm.
About one in 4 nonfatal carjackings resulted in an harm to the sufferer, and males had been as possible as females to be victims.
Carjackings had been extra more likely to happen at or close to the sufferer’s house throughout 2012-2021, the interval for which that further knowledge was out there.
Statistically, a person’s possibilities of being a carjacking sufferer are very slim, in keeping with a guide supplied by the Los Angeles Police Division—which provides that “prevention actions can cut back the danger much more.”
However carjackings are a popular high function of nightly native information broadcast once they happen, significantly when dramatic video is accessible, as on this surveillance video of a carjacking at a Chicago fuel station.
In a single current incident in Hartford, Conn., an tried carjacking left three individuals injured and one fatally shot when a sufferer opened hearth on his could be carjackers.
The report was written by Erika Harrell, Ph.D.
The BJS report and tables could be downloaded right here.