Table 32

Ten-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2006–2015

[9,581 agencies; 2015 estimated population 199,921,204; 2006 estimated population 186,371,331]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2006 2015 Percent
change
2006 2015 Percent
change
2006 2015 Percent
change
TOTAL1 8,676,456 6,739,363 -22.3 1,280,195 578,538 -54.8 7,396,261 6,160,825 -16.7
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 7,104 6,201 -12.7 642 421 -34.4 6,462 5,780 -10.6
Rape2 14,120 13,945 - 2,111 2,239 - 12,009 11,706 -
Robbery 68,437 54,003 -21.1 18,201 9,753 -46.4 50,236 44,250 -11.9
Aggravated assault 271,740 231,828 -14.7 35,984 17,717 -50.8 235,756 214,111 -9.2
Burglary 188,122 136,465 -27.5 51,953 22,056 -57.5 136,169 114,409 -16.0
Larceny-theft 679,290 753,665 +10.9 180,623 101,898 -43.6 498,667 651,767 +30.7
Motor vehicle theft 72,650 46,463 -36.0 17,651 7,547 -57.2 54,999 38,916 -29.2
Arson 10,445 5,737 -45.1 5,223 1,811 -65.3 5,222 3,926 -24.8
Violent crime3 361,401 305,977 -15.3 56,938 30,130 -47.1 304,463 275,847 -9.4
Property crime3 950,507 942,330 -0.9 255,450 133,312 -47.8 695,057 809,018 +16.4
Other assaults 792,178 678,537 -14.3 152,396 83,689 -45.1 639,782 594,848 -7.0
Forgery and counterfeiting 68,319 34,911 -48.9 2,288 632 -72.4 66,031 34,279 -48.1
Fraud 181,863 86,484 -52.4 5,090 2,776 -45.5 176,773 83,708 -52.6
Embezzlement 13,008 9,923 -23.7 949 391 -58.8 12,059 9,532 -21.0
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 79,077 57,918 -26.8 14,032 6,600 -53.0 65,045 51,318 -21.1
Vandalism 189,867 124,058 -34.7 76,202 27,793 -63.5 113,665 96,265 -15.3
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 114,104 86,443 -24.2 27,707 11,614 -58.1 86,397 74,829 -13.4
Prostitution and commercialized vice 33,402 17,663 -47.1 733 269 -63.3 32,669 17,394 -46.8
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 50,656 32,356 -36.1 9,948 5,643 -43.3 40,708 26,713 -34.4
Drug abuse violations 1,078,156 928,122 -13.9 113,132 63,035 -44.3 965,024 865,087 -10.4
Gambling 2,807 1,657 -41.0 292 133 -54.5 2,515 1,524 -39.4
Offenses against the family and children 79,568 58,377 -26.6 3,348 2,208 -34.1 76,220 56,169 -26.3
Driving under the influence 925,818 675,960 -27.0 12,947 4,294 -66.8 912,871 671,666 -26.4
Liquor laws 408,511 174,230 -57.3 94,729 29,530 -68.8 313,782 144,700 -53.9
Drunkenness 368,271 251,424 -31.7 11,093 3,528 -68.2 357,178 247,896 -30.6
Disorderly conduct 422,187 240,723 -43.0 129,948 45,659 -64.9 292,239 195,064 -33.3
Vagrancy 18,106 15,017 -17.1 3,475 598 -82.8 14,631 14,419 -1.4
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,477,981 1,997,799 -19.4 248,829 107,250 -56.9 2,229,152 1,890,549 -15.2
Suspicion 1,125 480 -57.3 203 127 -37.4 922 353 -61.7
Curfew and loitering law violations 60,669 19,454 -67.9 60,669 19,454 -67.9 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 The 2006 rape figures are based on the legacy definition, and the 2015 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, 2006–2015

  • Nationwide, the number of persons arrested in 2015 decreased 22.3 percent when compared with the number of those arrested in 2006.
  • In 2015, the number of arrests for violent crimes decreased 15.3 percent when compared with 2006 arrest figures.
  • Of the violent crimes, in a comparison of 2015 and 2006 arrest data, the number of arrests for robbery had the largest drop at 21.1 percent.
  • The number of arrests for property crimes decreased 0.9 percent when compared with 2006 arrest figures. Larceny-theft was the only property crime to indicate an increase (10.9 percent) in the number of arrests in a comparison of 2015 and 2006 arrest data.
  • The number of adults arrested in 2015 decreased 16.7 percent when compared with the number of adults arrested in 2006.
  • When compared with the 2006 arrest data, the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested in 2015 dropped 54.8 percent.