Table 27

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

Additional Information About Selected Offenses

by Population Group, 2013

Population group Rape (revised definition)1 Rape (legacy definition)2 Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft Arson3 Number
of
agencies
2013
estimated
population
Rape by
force
Assault
to rape-
attempts
Rape by
force
Assault
to rape-
attempts
Firearm Knife or
cutting
instrument
Other
weapon
Strongarm 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 45,683 2,301 31,349 2,914 118,186 22,773 26,211 128,764 131,053 117,355 194,762 169,273 972,967 561,037 103,013 464,533 90,884 66,463 18,435 9,699 12,712 14,331 269,287,716
Percent cleared by arrest 38.9 37.5 39.9 41.3 23.2 33.4 31.0 33.4 42.2 64.8 57.7 63.8 11.8 14.6 11.7 14.2 9.6 17.9 24.2 10.7 21.9
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 33,312 1,814 24,609 2,310 102,818 20,300 22,834 116,173 105,480 96,666 152,865 126,715 722,131 411,717 81,820 383,825 72,459 46,581 14,078 6,976 10,005 10,479 184,209,392
Percent cleared by arrest 36.3 38.6 39.9 41.8 23.3 33.0 30.9 33.1 38.2 64.2 56.6 64.4 11.3 14.6 11.9 11.7 8.7 9.8 23.2 9.5 21.6
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Offenses known 9,221 683 9,973 1,172 59,298 10,539 11,583 64,787 55,019 43,617 69,566 42,243 275,536 116,359 28,813 171,513 40,589 17,510 5,199 3,119 3,400 72 52,805,569
Percent cleared by arrest 41.7 41.6 39.1 42.1 21.1 30.5 28.2 31.3 34.2 63.5 53.6 63.0 9.0 11.8 11.2 8.6 6.0 7.5 19.2 5.5 17.5
1,000,000 and over (Group 1 subset) Offenses known 1,163 116 4,659 697 20,927 4,785 5,007 28,944 17,166 18,780 26,318 20,224 88,966 34,938 9,824 48,504 17,985 7,807 1,293 1,010 1,291 9 23,015,250
Percent cleared by arrest 69.1 83.6 43.3 42.3 23.0 33.2 31.1 36.0 37.7 67.9 59.1 70.4 9.0 11.9 14.9 9.0 4.4 6.2 19.5 3.9 9.5
500,000 to 999,999 (Group 1 subset) Offenses known 4,367 335 2,960 223 20,195 3,482 3,845 19,429 21,056 15,054 26,366 12,454 103,323 42,984 10,907 65,709 13,504 5,859 2,142 1,131 934 23 15,934,732
Percent cleared by arrest 38.7 30.4 36.3 37.2 20.8 27.4 26.0 27.7 32.9 58.4 47.8 56.6 8.3 11.7 9.3 8.1 6.5 9.0 18.8 6.8 23.4
250,000 to 499,999 (Group 1 subset) Offenses known 3,691 232 2,354 252 18,176 2,272 2,731 16,414 16,797 9,783 16,882 9,565 83,247 38,437 8,082 57,300 9,100 3,844 1,764 978 1,175 40 13,855,587
Percent cleared by arrest 36.7 36.6 34.5 45.6 19.3 29.8 26.1 27.4 32.2 63.0 54.2 55.5 9.7 11.8 9.4 8.9 8.1 8.0 19.5 5.8 21.6
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 5,459 190 4,061 274 17,863 3,584 4,063 18,106 18,489 16,285 25,379 16,684 132,276 74,339 15,136 76,906 12,614 9,504 2,164 1,287 1,645 192 28,691,848
Percent cleared by arrest 33.0 32.1 45.6 39.8 24.3 32.6 32.0 32.2 37.4 62.9 56.6 62.7 10.6 13.5 9.8 10.6 10.9 9.0 22.7 10.3 22.9
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 5,030 206 3,139 230 10,019 2,557 2,794 13,423 11,224 12,169 18,861 17,559 98,682 62,619 11,402 53,320 8,613 6,397 1,878 837 1,505 420 29,118,053
Percent cleared by arrest 36.0 42.2 36.5 47.4 25.1 33.6 32.8 34.1 39.5 63.4 59.8 64.9 11.3 15.3 14.5 11.6 10.3 7.6 24.4 9.4 23.0
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 4,493 196 2,519 166 6,830 1,675 1,967 8,931 7,501 8,991 13,931 13,146 77,080 54,077 8,974 33,352 3,946 5,098 1,301 555 1,156 745 25,674,031
Percent cleared by arrest 32.7 41.8 37.1 38.6 27.1 36.3 33.3 37.2 47.5 64.4 59.3 64.4 12.6 15.2 10.7 16.0 12.2 11.7 28.6 13.2 22.4
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 4,769 273 2,303 147 5,546 1,188 1,488 6,401 7,423 8,057 13,307 16,363 74,851 54,156 9,198 27,051 3,868 4,097 1,415 598 876 1,634 25,893,377
Percent cleared by arrest 35.3 39.2 42.4 42.2 29.9 41.8 36.8 41.2 47.3 69.1 62.5 66.2 15.1 17.3 13.7 19.2 16.4 14.0 28.4 15.6 32.0
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 4,340 266 2,614 321 3,262 757 939 4,525 5,824 7,547 11,821 20,720 63,706 50,167 8,297 21,683 2,829 3,975 2,121 580 1,423 7,416 22,026,514
Percent cleared by arrest 33.9 30.1 38.3 39.9 31.9 44.8 37.9 38.9 53.3 66.2 59.0 67.1 16.5 18.4 14.3 24.8 18.8 18.0 25.6 19.7 21.2
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 7,492 300 5,329 453 14,311 2,226 3,057 11,738 20,034 16,507 32,833 30,596 183,476 109,409 16,982 67,183 14,979 15,104 3,028 2,162 2,125 1,657 61,501,709
Percent cleared by arrest 44.8 36.3 39.7 39.7 22.1 36.2 31.0 35.7 57.7 67.8 61.2 63.2 12.5 14.4 10.5 25.5 11.8 44.0 28.0 12.8 22.3
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 4,879 187 1,411 151 1,057 247 320 853 5,539 4,182 9,064 11,962 67,360 39,911 4,211 13,525 3,446 4,778 1,329 561 582 2,195 23,576,615
Percent cleared by arrest 47.9 28.3 41.2 38.4 35.8 47.4 38.1 46.3 62.2 67.3 62.9 59.3 15.5 15.8 12.2 27.0 19.4 15.2 25.7 17.6 25.9
SUBURBAN AREA4 Offenses known 15,241 711 9,586 775 24,990 4,657 5,981 25,392 31,442 30,049 55,553 59,355 313,914 203,666 34,326 125,439 22,499 23,446 5,755 3,163 4,011 7,711 114,428,508
Percent cleared by arrest 39.4 37.6 40.8 39.1 24.7 38.2 33.4 37.7 55.1 68.2 61.9 65.5 13.4 15.7 11.3 21.6 12.4 33.3 27.8 13.6 25.1
  • 1 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were reported using the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape. See Data Declaration for further explanation.
  • 2 The figures shown in this column for the offense of rape were reported using the legacy UCR definition of rape. See Data Declaration for further explanation.
  • 3 Not all agencies submit reports for arson to the FBI. As a result, the number of reports the FBI uses to compute the percent of offenses cleared for arson is less than the number it uses to compute the percent of offenses cleared for all other offenses. 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.
  • 4 Suburban area includes law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Suburban area excludes all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.

Data Declaration

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