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Comparing Offending by Adults & Juveniles
Q: What time of day are adults and juveniles most likely to commit violent crimes?
A: Unlike violent crime by adult offenders, violent crime by juvenile offenders peaks in the late afternoon.
Note: Violent crimes include murder, violent sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Data are from law enforcement agencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
  • In general, the number of violent crimes committed by adults increases hourly from 6 a.m. through the afternoon and evening hours, peaks at 9 p.m., and then drops to a low point at 6 a.m. In contrast, violent crimes by juveniles peak in the afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour at the end of the school day.
  • More than one-fourth (28%) of all violent crime committed by juvenile offenders occurs between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. In comparison, 24% of all violent committed by adult offenders occurs between 8 p.m. and midnight.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03401.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on October 22, 2018.

Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. National Incident-Based Reporting System: Extract Files for 2016 [Computer file]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor].