Table 27

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

Additional Information About Selected Offenses

by Population Group, 2011

Population group Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft Arson1 Number
of
agencies
2011
estimated
population
Rape by
force
Assault
to rape-
attempts
Firearm Knife or
cutting
instrument
Other
weapon
Strong-
arm
Firearm Knife or
cutting
instrument
Other
weapon
Hands,
fists,
feet, etc.
Forcible
entry
Unlawful
entry
Attempted
forcible
entry
Autos Trucks
and
buses
Other
vehicles
Structure Mobile Other
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 62,700 4,642 114,638 21,942 24,115 117,126 125,844 113,025 191,114 159,414 1,095,525 594,376 112,192 451,664 92,696 61,045 20,853 10,852 13,778 13,772 257,496,110
Percent cleared by arrest 40.1 43.0 23.1 32.0 31.5 32.2 42.8 64.3 57.0 61.1 11.7 13.9 10.9 12.1 9.4 10.5 22.8 9.5 21.0
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 47,233 3,732 99,992 19,465 20,840 104,456 100,972 91,486 148,068 117,254 807,891 434,906 87,486 369,516 73,971 41,046 15,717 7,913 10,305 10,164 172,526,482
Percent cleared by arrest 38.8 42.9 22.8 31.6 31.3 31.7 38.9 63.5 55.9 61.0 11.1 13.5 10.7 11.0 8.1 9.5 21.3 8.8 21.0
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Offenses known 15,130 1,581 55,082 9,067 9,140 50,727 51,672 36,057 61,076 29,115 301,734 114,183 27,948 162,138 42,594 14,406 5,806 3,532 3,307 67 42,399,947
Percent cleared by arrest 41.8 44.8 20.2 29.2 28.5 28.3 34.7 62.3 52.0 53.7 8.5 10.6 9.3 7.7 5.5 7.6 17.1 5.9 18.4
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 4,249 606 16,910 3,400 3,166 17,025 13,823 11,603 18,298 8,222 87,994 33,100 6,915 44,702 19,204 5,897 1,289 1,131 1,146 8 14,331,558
Percent cleared by arrest 46.9 44.9 21.4 29.2 31.1 29.9 37.2 62.7 51.8 52.5 7.5 8.5 10.6 6.6 3.9 5.7 19.1 6.2 9.6
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 5,779 527 21,126 3,473 3,572 18,631 20,418 15,271 26,267 11,948 121,532 42,278 12,648 66,742 13,034 4,916 2,202 1,296 932 23 15,500,953
Percent cleared by arrest 39.9 41.7 19.3 28.6 28.1 27.5 34.8 59.3 49.4 52.6 8.4 10.7 8.4 8.0 5.9 10.4 15.9 7.3 24.9
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 5,102 448 17,046 2,194 2,402 15,071 17,431 9,183 16,511 8,945 92,208 38,805 8,385 50,694 10,356 3,593 2,315 1,105 1,229 36 12,567,436
Percent cleared by arrest 39.7 48.4 20.2 30.3 25.5 27.4 32.8 66.8 56.5 56.4 9.6 12.3 9.8 8.3 8.1 6.8 17.0 4.0 21.7
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 7,817 522 18,139 3,535 3,985 18,184 17,880 17,026 26,157 17,177 145,268 76,977 15,938 71,586 12,500 7,317 2,576 1,389 1,677 184 27,563,681
Percent cleared by arrest 38.4 44.1 24.1 30.1 32.1 32.1 35.8 62.1 55.0 60.7 10.3 12.9 10.0 9.7 9.5 8.5 19.5 7.8 19.3
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 6,974 408 10,332 2,862 2,945 14,157 10,882 12,839 19,625 17,966 111,498 70,193 12,961 53,382 7,967 6,328 2,097 1,111 1,650 409 28,562,894
Percent cleared by arrest 37.1 39.7 24.4 31.4 32.7 33.9 42.2 63.6 60.0 63.5 11.3 13.9 13.0 11.5 9.8 8.3 22.2 10.1 22.8
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 6,553 419 7,335 1,846 2,245 9,811 7,968 9,822 15,784 15,761 93,285 61,196 11,440 35,265 4,195 5,138 1,674 698 1,510 758 26,321,922
Percent cleared by arrest 33.9 42.0 28.2 36.0 33.1 35.0 45.9 63.2 58.2 62.2 11.8 13.7 10.0 14.0 11.2 8.9 24.0 12.9 19.5
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 5,829 360 5,807 1,370 1,658 6,841 7,242 8,676 14,398 17,431 87,655 59,201 10,156 28,042 3,851 4,065 1,568 680 1,119 1,630 25,790,476
Percent cleared by arrest 38.6 40.6 28.3 39.6 36.7 40.3 50.0 67.0 61.5 65.4 14.5 15.8 12.0 18.5 15.7 13.8 28.1 15.0 24.5
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 4,930 442 3,297 785 867 4,736 5,328 7,066 11,028 19,804 68,451 53,156 9,043 19,103 2,864 3,792 1,996 503 1,042 7,116 21,887,562
Percent cleared by arrest 39.0 40.3 32.2 41.0 38.2 41.2 56.5 68.7 61.7 64.7 18.7 17.2 12.7 25.0 21.0 17.3 27.3 14.3 27.8
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 10,596 642 13,143 2,176 2,827 11,351 18,207 16,292 32,277 29,088 199,667 109,443 18,380 66,300 14,853 14,524 3,448 2,332 2,677 1,481 59,484,091
Percent cleared by arrest 42.8 43.5 23.4 34.2 31.2 36.2 58.3 66.9 60.5 61.0 12.3 14.4 10.7 15.2 12.3 11.3 26.6 10.3 20.5
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 4,871 268 1,503 301 448 1,319 6,665 5,247 10,769 13,072 87,967 50,027 6,326 15,848 3,872 5,475 1,688 607 796 2,127 25,485,537
Percent cleared by arrest 47.4 44.0 37.1 43.5 40.8 42.1 60.0 70.5 61.7 62.7 15.8 16.2 13.6 26.9 22.6 16.1 29.0 16.0 21.9
SUBURBAN AREAS2 Offenses known 20,138 1,301 23,762 4,720 5,771 25,302 28,800 29,928 56,262 59,481 345,050 212,461 37,231 124,367 22,383 22,789 6,294 3,438 4,990 7,291 111,165,089
Percent cleared by arrest 40.3 42.4 25.3 35.6 33.9 37.1 55.4 67.1 61.3 63.4 12.9 15.0 11.0 15.4 12.3 11.3 27.5 11.0 21.5
  • 1 Not all agencies submit data reports for arson to the FBI. Therefore, the agency counts and estimated population presented in this table do not represent participation for the reporting of arson. Agencies must report arson clearances by detailed property classification as specified on the Monthly Return of Arson Offenses Known to Law Enforcement to be included in this table; therefore, clearances in this table may differ from other clearance tables.
  • 2 Suburban areas include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Suburban areas exclude all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.

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