Latino Experiences with Crime

Reporting to the Police

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) has found comparable overall rates of reporting violent crime to police by Latinos, whites, and blacks from 2006 to 2010 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2012 [pdf]). Separating the types of crimes finds some disparities, however. While Latinos have been somewhat more likely than whites to report simple assaults, and report other violent crimes at rates comparable to other victim groups, white victims of sexual assault were twice as likely to report the crime as Latinos, and whites and Asians were much more likely to report robbery than Latinos (Rennison, 2007). Crimes against Latinos regularly reported to police usually have had female victims, while crimes that were rarely reported more often had male victims who were never married and left uninjured (Rennison, 2010).

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