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Offending by Juveniles
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.

Violent crime time of day by offender age
(Offenders per 1,000 violent crime offenders in age group)

Time Under 18 18 and older
6AM 9.1 15.1
7AM 27.8 18.8
8AM 43.2 27.2
9AM 37.8 29.2
10AM 43.1 34.0
11AM 54.3 37.0
12PM 69.8 43.8
1PM 57.4 39.4
2PM 71.4 42.7
3PM 88.0 47.1
4PM 73.8 51.0
5PM 61.7 54.4
6PM 61.6 58.3
7PM 59.8 60.1
8PM 57.5 63.4
9PM 51.4 63.7
10PM 38.0 62.3
11PM 27.8 55.9
12AM 21.8 51.1
1AM 15.8 46.2
2AM 10.7 38.7
3AM 7.9 27.3
4AM 5.7 18.6
5AM 4.5 14.6

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.

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  • 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].

 

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