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Table 27

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

Additional Information About Selected Offenses

by Population Group, 2012

Population group Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft Arson1 Number
of
agencies
2012
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 63,560 4,657 114,463 22,064 24,629 118,429 132,015 113,648 194,459 162,615 1,038,273 592,276 108,262 462,368 91,547 65,273 20,968 10,623 13,869 13,988 258,921,815
Percent cleared by arrest 39.0 41.7 22.7 31.2 31.0 31.5 41.5 63.9 55.8 61.1 11.7 14.2 11.0 12.1 9.7 10.6 23.4 11.0 19.7
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 47,939 3,752 99,028 19,425 21,144 105,696 106,098 92,058 150,624 119,668 761,276 434,494 84,927 377,050 71,761 44,789 16,043 7,798 10,656 10,260 173,955,369
Percent cleared by arrest 37.6 41.6 22.4 30.5 30.5 30.8 37.3 63.0 54.7 61.0 11.0 13.9 10.8 11.1 8.5 9.7 22.3 10.6 19.2
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Offenses known 15,391 1,609 54,862 9,160 9,381 52,579 54,137 36,851 63,420 30,933 281,025 112,919 26,306 167,043 40,934 15,607 6,005 3,510 3,404 69 43,451,576
Percent cleared by arrest 40.1 42.9 19.8 25.8 26.3 27.2 32.9 60.0 49.7 53.6 8.4 10.7 9.0 7.9 6.0 7.3 18.4 7.4 18.2
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 4,380 592 17,072 3,471 3,225 17,398 14,265 11,624 18,405 8,150 86,764 31,529 6,521 43,313 19,048 6,105 1,274 1,077 1,196 8 14,496,403
Percent cleared by arrest 47.6 50.5 20.5 25.9 28.0 29.4 36.1 61.6 50.2 53.7 7.6 9.4 9.0 7.9 4.2 4.9 23.9 8.4 11.5
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 5,618 534 20,395 3,401 3,483 18,577 21,642 15,429 27,843 13,172 107,278 42,554 11,559 66,469 13,183 5,490 2,307 1,295 948 23 15,699,640
Percent cleared by arrest 38.4 37.1 18.9 25.2 26.0 26.1 33.3 57.4 47.4 53.2 8.4 10.8 8.3 7.5 7.2 10.2 16.9 6.7 23.8
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 5,393 483 17,395 2,288 2,673 16,604 18,230 9,798 17,172 9,611 86,983 38,836 8,226 57,261 8,703 4,012 2,424 1,138 1,260 38 13,255,533
Percent cleared by arrest 35.8 40.2 20.1 26.5 24.8 26.0 30.1 62.2 53.0 54.1 9.4 11.8 10.0 8.3 8.1 7.0 16.8 7.3 20.2
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 8,324 550 17,863 3,571 4,120 18,221 19,146 17,017 26,879 17,668 136,521 79,652 16,226 75,033 12,450 8,923 2,645 1,347 1,895 188 27,884,555
Percent cleared by arrest 35.0 43.1 23.9 32.2 32.5 31.7 35.8 62.6 54.7 60.9 10.4 12.9 10.7 10.1 9.6 9.3 22.2 11.3 24.0
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 7,042 375 9,976 2,824 3,059 14,066 11,682 12,743 19,774 18,850 107,578 69,827 13,005 54,635 7,884 6,798 2,277 1,116 1,603 414 28,690,740
Percent cleared by arrest 36.7 37.6 24.5 30.8 31.5 32.5 39.1 62.6 59.6 63.8 11.1 14.6 12.4 11.2 9.9 8.2 22.3 10.9 22.6
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 6,321 372 7,272 1,814 2,149 9,543 8,287 9,739 15,165 15,986 88,122 60,199 10,899 33,513 4,031 5,556 1,783 742 1,615 762 26,379,365
Percent cleared by arrest 34.4 34.4 26.7 38.0 35.4 36.1 45.4 65.5 58.8 62.5 12.6 15.0 10.8 14.7 13.5 10.8 25.4 14.4 21.3
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 5,813 355 5,645 1,195 1,585 6,584 7,463 8,398 14,057 16,702 81,925 59,779 9,704 27,629 3,715 4,179 1,568 611 1,060 1,618 25,640,853
Percent cleared by arrest 38.3 46.2 29.3 41.4 37.6 41.5 49.3 69.3 61.5 65.2 14.9 16.4 12.6 19.2 15.0 13.8 30.4 14.6 25.1
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 5,048 491 3,410 861 850 4,703 5,383 7,310 11,329 19,529 66,105 52,118 8,787 19,197 2,747 3,726 1,765 472 1,079 7,209 21,908,280
Percent cleared by arrest 38.5 40.7 31.4 41.6 38.4 38.3 53.9 69.0 59.5 65.2 16.2 17.4 12.4 24.5 20.5 17.2 25.9 19.9 25.7
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 10,859 629 14,217 2,341 3,104 11,609 19,791 17,018 34,312 30,642 198,756 114,613 18,269 70,604 16,124 15,645 3,370 2,239 2,513 1,604 61,084,315
Percent cleared by arrest 43.1 42.4 23.1 35.7 33.1 36.6 58.4 67.9 59.5 62.3 13.1 14.8 11.4 14.6 12.4 11.0 25.2 10.4 20.1
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 4,762 276 1,218 298 381 1,124 6,126 4,572 9,523 12,305 78,241 43,169 5,066 14,714 3,662 4,839 1,555 586 700 2,124 23,882,131
Percent cleared by arrest 44.3 40.9 36.5 42.6 41.2 43.8 59.7 66.7 60.3 59.0 14.6 15.6 11.9 26.6 22.7 17.0 30.2 18.8 26.3
SUBURBAN AREAS2 Offenses known 20,578 1,332 25,159 4,918 6,099 25,868 31,347 31,266 58,431 60,956 342,428 218,557 37,494 128,463 23,616 24,339 6,207 3,351 4,918 7,592 113,975,426
Percent cleared by arrest 40.9 42.2 24.8 37.2 35.4 37.7 55.2 68.6 60.4 64.5 13.6 15.6 11.8 15.4 12.8 12.0 27.1 12.2 21.8
  • 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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