Table 32

Ten-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2005–2014

[6,082 agencies; 2014 estimated population 149,523,915; 2005 estimated population 138,435,918]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2005 2014 Percent
change
2005 2014 Percent
change
2005 2014 Percent
change
TOTAL1 6,557,708 5,267,843 -19.7 987,682 482,050 -51.2 5,570,026 4,785,793 -14.1
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 6,487 4,929 -24.0 598 331 -44.6 5,889 4,598 -21.9
Rape2 11,887 9,757 - 1,786 1,501 - 10,101 8,256 -
Robbery 54,522 46,756 -14.2 13,790 9,150 -33.6 40,732 37,606 -7.7
Aggravated assault 223,540 187,224 -16.2 29,145 14,908 -48.8 194,395 172,316 -11.4
Burglary 151,795 126,903 -16.4 39,843 20,602 -48.3 111,952 106,301 -5.0
Larceny-theft 556,806 587,221 +5.5 144,688 83,438 -42.3 412,118 503,783 +22.2
Motor vehicle theft 67,148 33,253 -50.5 16,121 5,142 -68.1 51,027 28,111 -44.9
Arson 8,085 4,684 -42.1 4,065 1,547 -61.9 4,020 3,137 -22.0
Violent crime3 296,436 248,666 -16.1 45,319 25,890 -42.9 251,117 222,776 -11.3
Property crime3 783,834 752,061 -4.1 204,717 110,729 -45.9 579,117 641,332 +10.7
Other assaults 573,559 489,005 -14.7 114,737 63,260 -44.9 458,822 425,745 -7.2
Forgery and counterfeiting 58,723 26,782 -54.4 2,081 564 -72.9 56,642 26,218 -53.7
Fraud 136,954 63,492 -53.6 3,799 1,934 -49.1 133,155 61,558 -53.8
Embezzlement 7,739 5,783 -25.3 497 166 -66.6 7,242 5,617 -22.4
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 68,530 48,273 -29.6 11,541 5,394 -53.3 56,989 42,879 -24.8
Vandalism 136,890 96,717 -29.3 51,732 22,070 -57.3 85,158 74,647 -12.3
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 95,704 68,733 -28.2 22,824 10,323 -54.8 72,880 58,410 -19.9
Prostitution and commercialized vice 30,238 19,658 -35.0 709 381 -46.3 29,529 19,277 -34.7
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 46,036 29,784 -35.3 8,828 4,910 -44.4 37,208 24,874 -33.1
Drug abuse violations 876,940 771,213 -12.1 89,506 54,433 -39.2 787,434 716,780 -9.0
Gambling 2,580 1,586 -38.5 297 99 -66.7 2,283 1,487 -34.9
Offenses against the family and children 69,539 46,195 -33.6 2,859 1,541 -46.1 66,680 44,654 -33.0
Driving under the influence 681,202 532,384 -21.8 8,784 3,007 -65.8 672,418 529,377 -21.3
Liquor laws 251,938 131,358 -47.9 59,366 24,463 -58.8 192,572 106,895 -44.5
Drunkenness 280,849 215,257 -23.4 8,537 3,533 -58.6 272,312 211,724 -22.2
Disorderly conduct 316,037 194,593 -38.4 102,373 37,316 -63.5 213,664 157,277 -26.4
Vagrancy 18,230 14,314 -21.5 3,316 640 -80.7 14,914 13,674 -8.3
All other offenses (except traffic) 1,755,631 1,483,098 -15.5 175,741 82,506 -53.1 1,579,890 1,400,592 -11.3
Suspicion 2,343 544 -76.8 343 136 -60.3 2,000 408 -79.6
Curfew and loitering law violations 70,119 28,891 -58.8 70,119 28,891 -58.8 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 The 2005 rape figures are based on the legacy definition, and the 2014 rape figures are aggregate totals based on both the legacy and revised Uniform Crime Reporting definitions. For this reason, a percent change is not provided.
  • 3 Violent crimes are offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes are offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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Ten-Year Arrest Trends, Totals, 2005–2014

  • Nationwide, the number of persons arrested in 2014 decreased 19.7 percent when compared with the number of those arrested in 2005.
  • In 2014, the number of arrests for violent crimes decreased 16.1 percent when compared with 2005 arrest figures. 
  • Of the violent crimes, in a comparison of 2014 and 2005 arrest data, the number of arrests for murder had the largest drop at 24.0 percent. 
  • The number of arrests for property crimes decreased 4.1 percent when compared with 2005 arrest figures. Larceny-theft was the only property crime to indicate an increase (5.5 percent) in the number of arrests in a comparison of 2014 and 2005 arrest data.
  • Of the property crimes, the number of arrests for motor vehicle thefts had the largest drop at 50.5 percent.
  • The number of adults arrested in 2014 decreased 14.1 percent when compared with the number of adults arrested in 2005.
  • When compared with the 2005 arrest data, the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested in 2014 dropped 51.2 percent.