Table 34

Five-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2011–2015

[10,685 agencies; 2015 estimated population 217,039,923; 2011 estimated population 211,166,146]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2011 2015 Percent
change
2011 2015 Percent
change
2011 2015 Percent
change
TOTAL1 8,225,888 7,213,389 -12.3 991,398 634,718 -36.0 7,234,490 6,578,671 -9.1
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 6,968 7,005 +0.5 539 493 -8.5 6,429 6,512 +1.3
Rape2 13,168 15,126 - 1,917 2,401 - 11,251 12,725 -
Robbery 67,650 60,085 -11.2 15,037 11,404 -24.2 52,613 48,681 -7.5
Aggravated assault 259,015 246,238 -4.9 26,421 19,008 -28.1 232,594 227,230 -2.3
Burglary 197,756 145,163 -26.6 41,018 23,887 -41.8 156,738 121,276 -22.6
Larceny-theft 855,183 799,643 -6.5 175,433 109,356 -37.7 679,750 690,287 +1.6
Motor vehicle theft 44,336 50,447 +13.8 9,581 9,624 +0.4 34,755 40,823 +17.5
Arson 7,876 6,133 -22.1 3,352 1,914 -42.9 4,524 4,219 -6.7
Violent crime3 346,801 328,454 -5.3 43,914 33,306 -24.2 302,887 295,148 -2.6
Property crime3 1,105,151 1,001,386 -9.4 229,384 144,781 -36.9 875,767 856,605 -2.2
Other assaults 827,577 727,435 -12.1 127,310 89,835 -29.4 700,267 637,600 -8.9
Forgery and counterfeiting 46,264 36,642 -20.8 1,065 694 -34.8 45,199 35,948 -20.5
Fraud 110,363 90,590 -17.9 3,583 3,246 -9.4 106,780 87,344 -18.2
Embezzlement 10,931 11,011 +0.7 301 426 +41.5 10,630 10,585 -0.4
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 63,792 59,223 -7.2 9,127 6,715 -26.4 54,665 52,508 -3.9
Vandalism 160,380 130,154 -18.8 46,688 29,227 -37.4 113,692 100,927 -11.2
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 99,115 95,803 -3.3 18,665 13,078 -29.9 80,450 82,725 +2.8
Prostitution and commercialized vice 26,777 19,797 -26.1 461 292 -36.7 26,316 19,505 -25.9
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 44,870 34,420 -23.3 8,482 6,048 -28.7 36,388 28,372 -22.0
Drug abuse violations 1,020,875 1,016,402 -0.4 101,191 69,355 -31.5 919,684 947,047 +3.0
Gambling 4,929 3,055 -38.0 618 294 -52.4 4,311 2,761 -36.0
Offenses against the family and children 76,387 65,357 -14.4 2,378 2,335 -1.8 74,009 63,022 -14.8
Driving under the influence 825,909 676,560 -18.1 7,013 4,432 -36.8 818,896 672,128 -17.9
Liquor laws 323,529 181,462 -43.9 63,622 30,876 -51.5 259,907 150,586 -42.1
Drunkenness 361,587 268,115 -25.9 8,185 3,836 -53.1 353,402 264,279 -25.2
Disorderly conduct 382,589 264,528 -30.9 91,752 49,315 -46.3 290,837 215,213 -26.0
Vagrancy 14,587 15,495 +6.2 641 648 +1.1 13,946 14,847 +6.5
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,325,288 2,157,131 -7.2 178,831 115,610 -35.4 2,146,457 2,041,521 -4.9
Suspicion 732 573 -21.7 78 132 +69.2 654 441 -32.6
Curfew and loitering law violations 48,187 30,369 -37.0 48,187 30,369 -37.0 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 The 2011 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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Five-Year Arrest Trends, Totals, 2011–2015

  • Overall, the number of persons arrested in 2015 decreased 12.3 percent from the number of persons arrested in 2011. The number of adults arrested declined 9.1 percent, and the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested fell 36.0 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for violent crimes in 2015 declined 5.3 percent when compared with the 2011 number. Arrests of adults for violent crimes decreased 2.6 percent for the same comparison period, and arrests of juveniles decreased 24.2 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes in 2015 decreased 9.4 percent when compared with 2011 data. Arrests of adults for property crimes decreased 2.2 percent, and arrests of juveniles decreased 36.9 percent.
  • Arrests for robbery offenses decreased 11.2 percent. Arrests of adults for robbery were down 7.5 percent, and arrests of juveniles for robbery declined 24.2 percent in 2015 when compared with the 2011 data.
  • In a comparison of 2015 and 2011 arrest data, the number of persons arrested for larceny-theft decreased 6.5 percent. The number of adults arrested for larceny-theft rose 1.6 percent, but the number of juveniles arrested for larceny-theft fell 37.7 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for motor vehicle theft in 2015 increased 13.8 percent when compared with the number of persons arrested for this offense in 2011. Arrests of adults for motor vehicle theft rose 17.5 percent, and arrests of juveniles for the same offense increased 0.4 percent.