Table 32

Ten-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2008–2017

[9,983 agencies; 2017 estimated population 211,303,234; 2008 estimated population 197,634,622]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2008 2017 Percent
change
2008 2017 Percent
change
2008 2017 Percent
change
TOTAL1 8,867,758 6,878,929 -22.4 1,283,505 538,333 -58.1 7,584,253 6,340,596 -16.4
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 7,544 7,342 -2.7 716 530 -26.0 6,828 6,812 -0.2
Rape2 13,598 14,759 - 2,042 2,482 - 11,556 12,277 -
Robbery 77,452 57,018 -26.4 20,608 11,152 -45.9 56,844 45,866 -19.3
Aggravated assault 279,149 254,485 -8.8 35,805 18,621 -48.0 243,344 235,864 -3.1
Burglary 202,929 130,615 -35.6 55,319 20,461 -63.0 147,610 110,154 -25.4
Larceny-theft 835,771 643,853 -23.0 218,758 80,944 -63.0 617,013 562,909 -8.8
Motor vehicle theft 58,356 57,203 -2.0 14,442 9,507 -34.2 43,914 47,696 +8.6
Arson 9,447 6,102 -35.4 4,541 1,586 -65.1 4,906 4,516 -7.9
Violent crime3 377,743 333,604 -11.7 59,171 32,785 -44.6 318,572 300,819 -5.6
Property crime3 1,106,503 837,773 -24.3 293,060 112,498 -61.6 813,443 725,275 -10.8
Other assaults 825,595 690,444 -16.4 149,218 81,635 -45.3 676,377 608,809 -10.0
Forgery and counterfeiting 59,792 37,230 -37.7 1,803 834 -53.7 57,989 36,396 -37.2
Fraud 155,657 83,654 -46.3 5,139 2,766 -46.2 150,518 80,888 -46.3
Embezzlement 14,477 10,501 -27.5 863 372 -56.9 13,614 10,129 -25.6
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 75,402 66,036 -12.4 14,456 6,902 -52.3 60,946 59,134 -3.0
Vandalism 186,293 127,131 -31.8 70,977 25,822 -63.6 115,316 101,309 -12.1
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 110,133 102,571 -6.9 24,967 11,639 -53.4 85,166 90,932 +6.8
Prostitution and commercialized vice 34,487 18,132 -47.4 749 148 -80.2 33,738 17,984 -46.7
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 48,889 31,007 -36.6 9,368 5,746 -38.7 39,521 25,261 -36.1
Drug abuse violations 1,044,058 1,077,640 +3.2 112,037 64,203 -42.7 932,021 1,013,437 +8.7
Gambling 2,431 1,440 -40.8 276 83 -69.9 2,155 1,357 -37.0
Offenses against the family and children 74,321 56,777 -23.6 3,568 2,558 -28.3 70,753 54,219 -23.4
Driving under the influence 974,968 654,775 -32.8 10,664 4,104 -61.5 964,304 650,671 -32.5
Liquor laws 410,755 137,829 -66.4 90,052 23,943 -73.4 320,703 113,886 -64.5
Drunkenness 410,144 230,361 -43.8 10,984 2,743 -75.0 399,160 227,618 -43.0
Disorderly conduct 439,410 232,936 -47.0 123,160 42,305 -65.7 316,250 190,631 -39.7
Vagrancy 16,039 13,953 -13.0 1,088 407 -62.6 14,951 13,546 -9.4
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,438,997 2,119,016 -13.1 240,241 100,721 -58.1 2,198,756 2,018,295 -8.2
Suspicion 805 201 -75.0 152 42 -72.4 653 159 -75.7
Curfew and loitering law violations 61,664 16,119 -73.9 61,664 16,119 -73.9 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 The 2008 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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Ten-Year Arrest Trends, Totals, 2008–2017

  • Nationwide, the number of persons arrested in 2017 decreased 22.4 percent when compared with the number of those arrested in 2008.
  • In 2017, the number of arrests for violent crimes decreased 11.7 percent when compared with 2008 arrest figures. Of the violent crimes, in a comparison of 2017 and 2008 arrest data, the number of arrests for robbery had the largest drop at 26.4 percent.
  • The number of arrests for property crimes decreased 24.3 percent when compared with 2008 arrest figures. Of the property crimes, the number of arrests for burglary decreased the most (35.6 percent) in a comparison of 2017 and 2008 arrest data.
  • The number of adults arrested in 2017 decreased 16.4 percent when compared with the number of adults arrested in 2008.
  • When compared with the 2008 arrest data, the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested in 2017 dropped 58.1 percent.