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Comparing Offending by Adults & Juveniles
Q: What time of day are adults and youth most likely to commit violent crimes?
A: Unlike violent crime by adults (18 and older), violent crime committed by youth (ages 7-17) peaks in the late afternoon.
Note: Violent crimes include murder, violent sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, and kidnapping.
Data are from law enforcement agencies in 45 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 5 a.m. In contrast, violent crimes committed by youth peak in the afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour at the end of the school day.
  • More than one-third (37%) of all violent crime committed by youth occurs in the 5 hour period between noon and 5 p.m. In comparison, 30% of all violent crime committed by adults occurs between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m..

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03401.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on April 18, 2022.

Data source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. National Incident-Based Reporting System Master Files for the years 2018 and 2019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.