Workplace Violence Decreasing
During 2009, over 500,000 non-fatal violent crimes were perpetrated against workers while at their workplace. These 572,000 crimes include rape, assault and robbery. This information comes from the newly released Workplace Violence, 1993-2009 report produced by the Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics. Although this number may seem high, it is roughly a quarter of the 2.1 million similar crimes that occurred at workplaces in 1993.
Workplace homicide dropped by 51 percent since 1993 as well. 1993 saw 1,068 workplace homicides, while only 521 occurred during 2009. During 2005 to 2009, workers were three times are likely to encounter non-fatal violent attacks outside of the workplace. The national average per 1000 employed people was 16 outside of the workplace, and only five at work. Unemployed people saw roughly the same amount of violent crime as employed persons outside of work.
The positions with the highest chances for non-fatal violence included security guards, law enforcement and bartenders. Retail sale positions were the safest. Men were more likely to experience workplace violence, and slightly more likely to attract crime outside of work. Caucausians saw more workplace violence while African Americans were at higher risk the rest of the time. Young workers under 34 were at highest risk.
Strangers committed the majority of workplace violence. Firearms were half as likely to be present during a crime in the workplace. Sales and office occupations saw the highest rates of work homicide between 2005 and 2009, followed by security guards and other protective services. Shootings made up 80% of work related homicides during this period. Nearly 40% of homicide offenders were attempting to rob the workplace when they committed the crime. Work associates accounted for another 21% of homicidal criminals.