Table 27

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means

Additional Information About Selected Offenses

by Population Group, 2014

Population group Rape (revised
definition)1
Rape (legacy
definition)2
Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft Arson3 Number
of
agencies
2014
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 72,278 3,941 15,150 1,306 111,213 22,208 24,403 118,455 136,098 115,610 193,954 167,717 849,083 511,280 92,414 454,932 86,996 61,812 18,212 9,475 12,593 14,462 272,419,125
Percent cleared by arrest 37.2 40.2 38.9 43.9 23.3 33.4 31.6 33.5 39.4 64.0 56.7 63.5 12.2 15.3 12.1 13.0 10.3 10.5 25.2 10.8 23.7
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 54,458 3,204 11,276 1,027 96,266 19,800 21,076 106,619 110,051 94,610 153,005 125,360 623,638 375,504 73,023 376,167 68,572 43,192 13,815 7,050 9,828 10,492 185,097,227
Percent cleared by arrest 35.8 41.2 38.0 42.6 23.3 33.0 31.4 33.1 36.0 63.2 55.3 63.9 11.6 15.1 12.2 11.9 9.3 9.9 24.6 10.3 23.8
GROUP I (all cities 250,000 and over) Offenses known 20,108 1,441 3,157 377 55,539 10,367 10,841 58,491 57,905 42,303 70,954 42,573 235,656 104,508 25,562 170,829 38,342 15,485 5,005 3,238 3,290 72 52,707,748
Percent cleared by arrest 38.1 43.0 32.4 40.6 20.4 30.4 28.0 30.9 31.1 61.6 51.4 60.1 8.9 11.7 11.3 8.4 6.1 7.7 20.0 6.5 19.4
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) Offenses known 8,320 659 570 107 20,811 4,801 4,846 27,088 17,863 18,705 28,055 20,483 82,411 33,439 9,236 58,422 17,772 6,612 1,479 1,125 1,117 10 24,299,686
Percent cleared by arrest 42.5 51.3 24.9 37.4 21.4 34.1 32.1 36.0 34.1 66.4 56.6 69.0 8.6 11.3 15.9 8.5 5.1 6.8 20.5 6.7 13.8
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 6,100 469 1,325 127 18,689 3,336 3,457 16,257 22,169 14,070 25,642 12,436 82,804 35,852 9,116 58,738 12,037 5,242 1,660 954 897 21 14,344,463
Percent cleared by arrest 35.3 37.5 28.3 38.6 18.6 25.7 23.7 25.7 29.1 55.3 44.1 51.5 8.0 11.4 8.6 7.5 6.0 8.7 20.7 7.9 25.8
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) Offenses known 5,688 313 1,262 143 16,039 2,230 2,538 15,146 17,873 9,528 17,257 9,654 70,441 35,217 7,210 53,669 8,533 3,631 1,866 1,159 1,276 41 14,063,599
Percent cleared by arrest 34.6 33.9 40.1 44.8 21.1 29.5 26.0 27.3 30.6 61.6 53.7 52.4 10.2 12.4 8.8 9.3 8.6 7.7 19.1 5.3 19.9
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Offenses known 9,131 382 2,050 143 17,163 3,411 3,481 16,965 19,240 16,172 25,249 16,541 116,732 67,366 13,980 75,501 12,222 8,732 2,153 1,166 1,688 193 28,851,498
Percent cleared by arrest 35.1 34.8 41.1 52.4 24.7 33.1 31.1 32.5 36.2 62.4 55.5 62.7 11.3 14.4 9.8 11.2 11.6 9.0 25.1 10.8 29.1
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Offenses known 6,989 325 1,825 145 8,554 2,461 2,692 12,532 11,536 11,799 18,622 16,613 81,118 59,836 10,002 50,748 8,020 6,238 1,712 797 1,498 424 29,480,448
Percent cleared by arrest 34.8 39.1 39.0 37.2 27.9 35.0 35.3 35.9 40.7 64.5 60.6 67.2 12.6 16.1 13.8 13.3 11.5 9.2 23.8 9.5 23.6
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Offenses known 6,181 280 1,453 90 6,686 1,631 1,856 8,354 8,067 9,091 13,273 13,346 68,293 49,487 7,995 31,832 3,800 4,900 1,466 599 1,165 761 26,285,490
Percent cleared by arrest 33.0 41.4 40.5 44.4 29.2 37.0 35.6 37.0 43.9 64.5 59.5 63.8 12.9 15.3 11.7 15.8 14.6 11.3 29.6 13.9 25.2
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Offenses known 5,843 371 1,406 102 5,174 1,198 1,330 6,144 7,517 8,042 13,415 16,083 65,637 49,492 7,745 26,069 3,560 4,061 1,494 595 837 1,624 25,807,366
Percent cleared by arrest 35.2 44.7 38.3 48.0 28.5 39.1 39.9 40.4 45.2 66.0 61.7 67.1 15.2 17.8 14.0 19.6 14.9 13.0 31.5 18.8 30.8
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Offenses known 6,206 405 1,385 170 3,150 732 876 4,133 5,786 7,203 11,492 20,204 56,202 44,815 7,739 21,188 2,628 3,776 1,985 655 1,350 7,418 21,964,677
Percent cleared by arrest 34.2 39.0 42.1 39.4 31.7 43.2 41.8 40.3 51.9 67.6 58.7 67.5 16.7 19.6 16.4 24.8 22.6 17.1 27.7 17.4 22.5
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 11,689 477 3,163 226 13,895 2,206 2,999 10,938 20,494 16,595 31,975 30,192 164,243 99,686 15,394 65,144 14,976 14,305 3,004 1,890 2,086 1,720 63,594,611
Percent cleared by arrest 40.3 42.1 41.5 50.4 22.7 35.8 31.1 36.3 52.1 67.6 61.5 63.1 13.1 15.5 11.1 16.1 12.3 10.8 25.8 10.9 23.3
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 6,131 260 711 53 1,052 202 328 898 5,553 4,405 8,974 12,165 61,202 36,090 3,997 13,621 3,448 4,315 1,393 535 679 2,250 23,727,287
Percent cleared by arrest 43.1 24.6 40.9 39.6 37.9 48.0 44.5 49.3 59.2 68.2 62.6 61.4 16.2 16.3 13.2 28.6 21.5 16.0 29.6 18.5 23.0
SUBURBAN AREA4 Offenses known 21,639 1,065 5,896 459 23,876 4,525 5,662 23,478 31,756 29,617 54,126 58,382 276,771 184,286 30,974 120,476 21,773 22,241 5,555 2,944 3,960 7,771 116,626,974
Percent cleared by arrest 38.1 41.2 41.0 46.6 25.1 36.8 34.7 38.3 50.6 67.9 61.8 65.5 13.8 16.6 12.1 16.5 13.0 11.4 28.3 11.9 25.7
  • 1 The figures shown in the rape (revised definition) column include only those reported by law enforcement agencies that used the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape. See the data declaration for further explanation.
  • 2 The figures shown in the rape (legacy definition) column include only those reported by law enforcement agencies that used the legacy UCR definition of rape. See the 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

Provides the methodology used in constructing this table and other pertinent information about this table.