Nov. 12 (UPI) — The share of Individuals who say they or a relative of their family have been a sufferer of a criminal offense previously 12 months has fallen to its lowest degree in at the very least twenty years, Gallup stated in a survey Thursday.

Gallup polled greater than 1,000 adults in each state and Washington, D.C., for its evaluation on crime victimization charges. It discovered that about one in eight respondents (13%) stated they have been the sufferer of certainly one of a number of sorts of crime over the past 12 months.

Only one in 5 (20%) stated somebody of their family had been victimized in that interval.

Those that answered sure stated they or a relative have been victimized by at the very least certainly one of seven crimes — housebreaking, property theft, automotive theft, vandalism, aggravated theft, bodily assault or sexual assault.

Each figures are the bottom Gallup has seen because it started the victimization survey in 2000.

The earlier lows have been 22% for family victims (2001, 2017) and 14% for people (2006).

“The reported incidence of those crimes varies from a low of 1% for aggravated theft (cash or property stolen from them by pressure or menace of pressure) to a excessive of 12% for easy theft,” Gallup wrote.

“All are at or close to the low factors in Gallup’s development, with studies of easy theft down 5 proportion factors from its 2016 excessive and vandalism down 4 factors from its 2015 excessive.”

Gallup stated COVID-19 might have influenced the low figures, as extra folks have been staying house and bodily distancing for a number of months. Gallup famous, nevertheless, that the victimization price was falling earlier than the well being disaster arrived.

“What separates 2020 from current years is that the prevalence of the seven crimes has been concentrated in a extra restricted variety of U.S. households,” Gallup added.

“This 12 months, practically as many Individuals (9%) report their family has been victimized by two or extra crimes as say it has been victimized by one (11%). From 2015 to 2019, the common hole in multiple-crime households (9%) and one-crime households (16%) was seven factors.”

Thursday’s survey additionally confirmed that declines in victimization charges have been seen throughout a spread of demographics, in comparison with a mixed common from 2018 and 2019. Each city (down 6%) and rural residents (-4%) noticed a decline in crime, as did low-income (-6%), middle-income (-5%) and upper-income (-3%) households.

Gallup polled U.S. adults between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15 for the survey, which has a margin of error of Four factors.