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Which groups do criminals target? Not who you might think

Here's a sobering chart for the weekend from the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, showing that the likelihood of being a victim of crime is much, much higher for people in low-income households.

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Across all types of personal crimes, victimization rates are significantly higher for individuals living in low-income households... In 2008, the latest year for which data are available, the victimization rate for all personal crimes among individuals with family incomes of less than $15,000 was over three times the rate of those with family incomes of $75,000 or more.

Conservative commentators are still trying to stir up resentment over "makers and takers," preying on anxieties among the wealthy about class warfare and a "kristallnacht" targeting the rich. The sad reality, as the chart above shows, is that poorer Americans are much more likely to be at the receiving end of violence against persons and property than wealthier ones.

Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.
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