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Should Crime Victims Call the Police?

(University of Iowa) As law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and public health officials work to develop effective crime-prevention strategies, new research from the University of Iowa finds that individuals who report being victims of crime to police are less likely to become future victims of crime than those who do not report their initial experiences.
The UI study examined a nationwide cohort of more than 18,000 people who were victims of crimes such as interpersonal violence -- including sexual assault, robbery, threatened rape and threatened assault -- and property crimes like theft and burglary. Data were drawn from the National Crime Victimization Survey, a database of non-fatal crime reports, and covered a period from 2008 to 2012.
Overall, the study found that those who filed police reports about their initial experience were 22 percent less likely to experience repeat victimization.
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