Table 34

Five-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2013–2017

[10,561 agencies; 2017 estimated population 218,341,582; 2013 estimated population 212,249,163]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2013 2017 Percent
change
2013 2017 Percent
change
2013 2017 Percent
change
TOTAL1 7,713,977 7,088,331 -8.1 727,655 545,420 -25.0 6,986,322 6,542,911 -6.3
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 6,767 7,547 +11.5 478 536 +12.1 6,289 7,011 +11.5
Rape2 12,783 15,230 +19.1 2,061 2,577 +25.0 10,722 12,653 +18.0
Robbery 62,556 58,445 -6.6 11,723 11,165 -4.8 50,833 47,280 -7.0
Aggravated assault 248,613 257,263 +3.5 20,632 18,499 -10.3 227,981 238,764 +4.7
Burglary 175,831 134,031 -23.8 29,366 20,855 -29.0 146,465 113,176 -22.7
Larceny-theft 849,570 651,332 -23.3 129,815 82,489 -36.5 719,755 568,843 -21.0
Motor vehicle theft 43,867 57,255 +30.5 7,524 9,382 +24.7 36,343 47,873 +31.7
Arson 6,827 5,976 -12.5 2,475 1,517 -38.7 4,352 4,459 +2.5
Violent crime3 330,719 338,485 +2.3 34,894 32,777 -6.1 295,825 305,708 +3.3
Property crime3 1,076,095 848,594 -21.1 169,180 114,243 -32.5 906,915 734,351 -19.0
Other assaults 755,019 716,439 -5.1 99,293 82,433 -17.0 655,726 634,006 -3.3
Forgery and counterfeiting 41,814 38,137 -8.8 722 851 +17.9 41,092 37,286 -9.3
Fraud 96,273 84,446 -12.3 3,139 2,824 -10.0 93,134 81,622 -12.4
Embezzlement 11,223 11,150 -0.7 286 468 +63.6 10,937 10,682 -2.3
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 66,787 67,437 +1.0 7,378 6,979 -5.4 59,409 60,458 +1.8
Vandalism 137,091 129,316 -5.7 32,316 25,800 -20.2 104,775 103,516 -1.2
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 91,434 104,943 +14.8 13,236 11,628 -12.1 78,198 93,315 +19.3
Prostitution and commercialized vice 29,044 20,528 -29.3 500 182 -63.6 28,544 20,346 -28.7
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 39,259 32,872 -16.3 7,008 5,927 -15.4 32,251 26,945 -16.5
Drug abuse violations 1,016,496 1,120,121 +10.2 78,397 65,233 -16.8 938,099 1,054,888 +12.4
Gambling 2,259 1,754 -22.4 178 133 -25.3 2,081 1,621 -22.1
Offenses against the family and children 68,097 62,951 -7.6 1,992 2,471 +24.0 66,105 60,480 -8.5
Driving under the influence 799,032 682,771 -14.6 5,327 4,259 -20.0 793,705 678,512 -14.5
Liquor laws 238,043 141,109 -40.7 43,056 24,015 -44.2 194,987 117,094 -39.9
Drunkenness 325,493 242,478 -25.5 5,460 2,843 -47.9 320,033 239,635 -25.1
Disorderly conduct 314,330 236,027 -24.9 63,549 43,283 -31.9 250,781 192,744 -23.1
Vagrancy 17,653 16,581 -6.1 678 518 -23.6 16,975 16,063 -5.4
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,230,169 2,175,563 -2.4 133,419 101,924 -23.6 2,096,750 2,073,639 -1.1
Suspicion 431 155 -64.0 51 22 -56.9 380 133 -65.0
Curfew and loitering law violations 27,647 16,629 -39.9 27,647 16,629 -39.9 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 The 2013 rape figures are based on the legacy definition, and the 2017 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, 2013–2017

  • Overall, the number of persons arrested in 2017 decreased 8.1 percent from the number of persons arrested in 2013. The number of adults arrested declined 6.3 percent, and the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested fell 25.0 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for violent crimes in 2017 increased 2.3 percent when compared with the 2013 number. Arrests of adults for violent crimes increased 3.3 percent for the same comparison period, but arrests of juveniles decreased 6.1 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes in 2017 decreased 21.1 percent when compared with 2013 data. Arrests of adults for property crimes decreased 19.0 percent, and arrests of juveniles decreased 32.5 percent.
  • Arrests for robbery offenses decreased 6.6 percent. Arrests of adults for robbery were down 7.0 percent, and arrests of juveniles for robbery declined 4.8 percent in 2017 when compared with the 2013 data.
  • In a comparison of 2017 and 2013 arrest data, the number of persons arrested for burglary decreased 23.8 percent. The number of adults arrested for burglary fell 22.7 percent, and the number of juveniles arrested for burglary dropped 29.0 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for motor vehicle theft in 2017 increased 30.5 percent when compared with the number of persons arrested for this offense in 2013. Arrests of adults for motor vehicle theft rose 31.7 percent, and arrests of juveniles for the same offense increased 24.7 percent.