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Offending by Juveniles
Comparing Offending by Adults & Youth
Q: Does the time of day for violent crime offending by adults and youth vary by the type of offense committed?
A: The temporal patterns for robbery, aggravated assault, and sexual assault vary for youth (ages 7-17) and adults (18 and older).
Note: Data are from law enforcement agencies in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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  • Aggravated assaults committed by youth are most common at 3 p.m. and sexual assaults committed by youth spike at 8 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m.
  • Robbery and aggravated assault incidents committed by adults peak in the late evening hours while sexual assaults committed by adults peak at noon.
  • Unlike the other violent crimes, the daily timing of robberies committed by youth is similar to adult patterns, peaking between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03402.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.

 

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