Thursday, September 21, 2006

FBI Crime Stats

The FBI released its annual compilation of crime statistics (Crime in the United States) this week.

In 2005, violent crime was up from 2004 (except forcible rape decreased by 1.2%). On the other hand, property crime was down (except burglary, which was up .5%).

  • Nationwide in 2005, law enforcement agencies cleared 45.5 percent of violent crimes and 16.3 percent of property crimes.
  • The FBI estimated that, in 2005, law enforcement agencies nationwide made about 14.1 million arrests.
  • Collectively, law enforcement agencies made 4,761.6 arrests for each 100,000 in population for the 29 offenses for which the UCR Program collects arrest data.
  • The arrest rate for violent crimes in 2005 was 204.8 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants; the arrest rate for property crimes was 549.1 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder was 4.7; forcible rape, 8.6; robbery, 39.2; and aggravated assault, 152.2 per 100,000 in population.
  • By property crime offense, the arrest rate for burglary was 101.2; larceny-theft, 392.6; and motor vehicle theft, 49.7 per 100,000 in population. The arrest rate for arson was 5.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Press release, Sept. 18.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports Program collects data about arrests, but not about what happens next – prosecutions, convictions, plea bargains, acquittals, sentences, etc. For those numbers, see the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Courts and Sentencing Statistics page.

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