Almost one out of every three Minnesotans was a victim of crime in 1992, according to a statewide survey conducted by Minnesota Planning and the Department of Public Safety.
The survey on crime and victims, the first ever conducted in the state, assesses Minnesotans' experiences with and attitudes about crime. Because official crime statistics only reflect crimes that are reported or known to police, the survey provides an additional dimension of information about citizens' experiences with crime.
The results of the survey were published today in Troubling perceptions: 1993 Minnesota crime survey, a report by the Minnesota Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center at Minnesota Planning.
"This survey gave Minnesotans an avenue for expressing their feelings and views," Governor Carlson said. "We can use this input to develop responsible public policy and legislation to address the true concerns of people."
The key findings of the survey include: Thirty-one percent of Minnesotans surveyed said they were crime victims in 1992. About three out of every 10 respondents were victims of property crime and one out of every 10 was a victim of violent crime.
Statewide, 44 percent of the survey respondents said they are afraid to walk at night within a mile of their home.
The most likely victims were 15- to 24-year olds, particularly those living in cities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Of this group, 68 percent said they were victims in 1992.
Relatives, friends or acquaintances were identified most often as their assailant by victims of violent crime.
Far more respondents believe they are likely to be victims of violent crimes in the next year than said they were victims of those crimes in 1992.