It's natural to feel a range of emotions in a dream about being a victim of crime; after all, no one enjoys dreaming that someone else wishes them dead or is actively trying to kill them. This dream has many possible interpretations. An attempted car theft can be foiled, an unknown killer or sexual predator avoided, etc. Fear and panic set in because we know we can't stop things from happening. We're trying to avoid capture by the perpetrator by hiding and fleeing, but he tracks us down and ultimately prevails. In the worst case scenario of this dream, we are murdered.
Dreams in which we or someone we love is killed have been linked to our will to live, though not always in a literal sense. Maybe there's something unique about us that we've forgotten about and let die needlessly; maybe we've given up on pursuing a secret ambition; maybe we've placed the blame for our unhappiness on those around us. We should check our hopes and wishes and open a line of communication with our ego. To do this, we must be in tune with our inner selves and engage in introspection; doing so may yield unexpected rewards. A dream about being a victim of crime may also indicate that somebody in our real life uses us too often, maybe even terrorizes us. It could be the boss, a family member, or anyone who takes advantage of our good nature or routinely degrades us. Dreams in which we are the victim of a sexual assault are an example of how these emotions can manifest themselves because they reveal how malleable we are. Even if this is the case, we still need to examine our role in the problem and work toward a solution. Recovery and self-improvement are recommended.
Even though a dream in which you are killed may seem like a nightmare, it actually carries a positive charge: there are many aspects of ourselves that we can alter; let's get to work!
The appearance of this motif in a dream is a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder in people who have been actual victims of crime. As a therapeutic tool, it allows psychoanalysts to rewrite their patients' life stories by using a predetermined set of images and lucid dreaming techniques.
According to Freud, a dream in which one is the victim of an assault is a sign that the dreamer, who is typically a woman, has an unconscious need to be sexually subordinated to the perpetrator.
According to Jung's Compensation Theory, a dream about suffering would be interpreted as a call for justice (which says that the sphere of dreams releases the thoughts and emotions which are hard to express in real life). He theorized that repressed or difficult-to-express negative emotions like anger or aggression might manifest in dream sequences.