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Table 34

Five-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2008–2012

[10,469 agencies; 2012 estimated population 226,864,503; 2008 estimated population 219,913,275]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2008 2012 Percent
change
2008 2012 Percent
change
2008 2012 Percent
change
TOTAL1 10,092,276 8,853,229 -12.3 1,470,147 975,345 -33.7 8,622,129 7,877,884 -8.6
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 9,239 7,932 -14.1 921 515 -44.1 8,318 7,417 -10.8
Forcible rape 16,196 13,399 -17.3 2,423 1,891 -22.0 13,773 11,508 -16.4
Robbery 95,529 76,796 -19.6 26,387 15,999 -39.4 69,142 60,797 -12.1
Aggravated assault 314,449 284,056 -9.7 40,794 26,437 -35.2 273,655 257,619 -5.9
Burglary 226,149 207,179 -8.4 61,744 39,579 -35.9 164,405 167,600 +1.9
Larceny-theft 927,243 938,154 +1.2 238,923 166,357 -30.4 688,320 771,797 +12.1
Motor vehicle theft 71,273 51,150 -28.2 18,100 9,701 -46.4 53,173 41,449 -22.0
Arson 10,452 8,533 -18.4 4,855 3,259 -32.9 5,597 5,274 -5.8
Violent crime2 435,413 382,183 -12.2 70,525 44,842 -36.4 364,888 337,341 -7.5
Property crime2 1,235,117 1,205,016 -2.4 323,622 218,896 -32.4 911,495 986,120 +8.2
Other assaults 934,759 870,225 -6.9 168,213 123,725 -26.4 766,546 746,500 -2.6
Forgery and counterfeiting 66,387 47,943 -27.8 1,966 1,045 -46.8 64,421 46,898 -27.2
Fraud 170,204 112,074 -34.2 5,583 3,535 -36.7 164,621 108,539 -34.1
Embezzlement 16,113 11,318 -29.8 966 328 -66.0 15,147 10,990 -27.4
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 75,968 72,094 -5.1 14,037 9,569 -31.8 61,931 62,525 +1.0
Vandalism 212,069 168,648 -20.5 80,637 44,708 -44.6 131,432 123,940 -5.7
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 132,213 110,262 -16.6 29,613 18,284 -38.3 102,600 91,978 -10.4
Prostitution and commercialized vice 55,856 41,494 -25.7 1,141 602 -47.2 54,715 40,892 -25.3
Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 57,842 50,225 -13.2 10,558 9,056 -14.2 47,284 41,169 -12.9
Drug abuse violations 1,254,579 1,133,076 -9.7 133,021 101,968 -23.3 1,121,558 1,031,108 -8.1
Gambling 7,331 5,277 -28.0 1,259 669 -46.9 6,072 4,608 -24.1
Offenses against the family and children 83,374 73,598 -11.7 3,958 2,428 -38.7 79,416 71,170 -10.4
Driving under the influence 1,073,811 921,399 -14.2 11,638 6,868 -41.0 1,062,173 914,531 -13.9
Liquor laws 457,513 334,210 -27.0 96,936 61,516 -36.5 360,577 272,694 -24.4
Drunkenness 446,907 368,806 -17.5 11,362 7,303 -35.7 435,545 361,503 -17.0
Disorderly conduct 502,365 402,639 -19.9 137,513 87,654 -36.3 364,852 314,985 -13.7
Vagrancy 23,857 20,943 -12.2 1,248 577 -53.8 22,609 20,366 -9.9
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,749,630 2,464,587 -10.4 265,383 174,560 -34.2 2,484,247 2,290,027 -7.8
Suspicion 1,149 1,148 -0.1 190 249 +31.1 959 899 -6.3
Curfew and loitering law violations 100,968 57,212 -43.3 100,968 57,212 -43.3 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 Violent crimes are offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes are offenses of
    burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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Five-Year Arrest Trends, Totals, 2008–2012

  • Overall, the number of persons arrested in 2012 decreased 12.3 percent from the number of those arrested in 2008. The number of adults arrested declined 8.6 percent, and the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested fell 33.7 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for violent crimes in 2012 declined 12.2 percent when compared with the 2008 number. Arrests of juveniles for violent crimes decreased 36.4 percent for the same comparison period, and arrests of adults decreased 7.5 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes in 2012 decreased 2.4 percent when compared with 2008 data. Arrests of adults for property crimes increased 8.2 percent, but arrests of juveniles decreased 32.4 percent.
  • Arrests of persons for forcible rape declined 17.3 percent in 2012 when compared to the 2008 data. Arrests of adults for robbery offenses decreased 12.1 percent, and arrests of juveniles for the same offense declined 39.4 percent for the same years of comparison.
  • Arrests of persons for larceny-theft increased 1.2 percent in 2012 when compared with data for 2008. Arrests of adults for larceny-theft rose 12.1 percent, but arrests of juveniles for this offense decreased 30.4 percent.
  • Arrests of persons for motor vehicle theft in 2012 dropped 28.2 percent when compared with the number of arrests made for this offense in 2008. Arrests of juveniles for motor vehicle theft fell 46.4 percent, and arrests of adults for the same offense decreased 22.0 percent.