Table 34

Five-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2014–2018

[10,559 agencies; 2018 estimated population 221,186,153; 2014 estimated population 215,903,409]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2014 2018 Percent
change
2014 2018 Percent
change
2014 2018 Percent
change
TOTAL1 7,478,854 6,980,786 -6.7 676,138 495,880 -26.7 6,802,716 6,484,906 -4.7
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 6,612 7,439 +12.5 451 596 +32.2 6,161 6,843 +11.1
Rape2 14,190 16,678 +17.5 2,255 2,795 +23.9 11,935 13,883 +16.3
Robbery 59,211 55,067 -7.0 11,488 10,540 -8.3 47,723 44,527 -6.7
Aggravated assault 249,100 261,188 +4.9 20,127 18,439 -8.4 228,973 242,749 +6.0
Burglary 160,697 119,570 -25.6 26,782 14,924 -44.3 133,915 104,646 -21.9
Larceny-theft 852,299 611,087 -28.3 121,325 64,626 -46.7 730,974 546,461 -25.2
Motor vehicle theft 44,730 57,747 +29.1 7,615 9,158 +20.3 37,115 48,589 +30.9
Arson 6,381 6,198 -2.9 2,167 1,216 -43.9 4,214 4,982 +18.2
Violent crime3 329,113 340,372 +3.4 34,321 32,370 -5.7 294,792 308,002 +4.5
Property crime3 1,064,107 794,602 -25.3 157,889 89,924 -43.0 906,218 704,678 -22.2
Other assaults 739,456 721,986 -2.4 95,369 85,511 -10.3 644,087 636,475 -1.2
Forgery and counterfeiting 37,938 34,999 -7.7 782 735 -6.0 37,156 34,264 -7.8
Fraud 93,507 81,288 -13.1 2,976 2,543 -14.5 90,531 78,745 -13.0
Embezzlement 11,009 10,566 -4.0 322 424 +31.7 10,687 10,142 -5.1
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 61,466 64,640 +5.2 7,133 6,407 -10.2 54,333 58,233 +7.2
Vandalism 134,330 124,199 -7.5 30,743 21,611 -29.7 103,587 102,588 -1.0
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 90,736 105,758 +16.6 13,252 10,855 -18.1 77,484 94,903 +22.5
Prostitution and commercialized vice 28,008 18,325 -34.6 461 173 -62.5 27,547 18,152 -34.1
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 36,640 31,632 -13.7 6,508 5,294 -18.7 30,132 26,338 -12.6
Drug abuse violations 1,021,125 1,131,434 +10.8 75,743 62,100 -18.0 945,382 1,069,334 +13.1
Gambling 2,018 1,524 -24.5 144 71 -50.7 1,874 1,453 -22.5
Offenses against the family and children 65,706 60,059 -8.6 2,171 2,313 +6.5 63,535 57,746 -9.1
Driving under the influence 757,178 672,113 -11.2 4,729 3,678 -22.2 752,449 668,435 -11.2
Liquor laws 217,713 120,149 -44.8 36,821 18,741 -49.1 180,892 101,408 -43.9
Drunkenness 298,720 228,891 -23.4 4,616 2,330 -49.5 294,104 226,561 -23.0
Disorderly conduct 290,175 226,166 -22.1 53,503 40,528 -24.3 236,672 185,638 -21.6
Vagrancy 19,717 17,540 -11.0 684 511 -25.3 19,033 17,029 -10.5
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,156,965 2,182,296 +1.2 124,744 97,514 -21.8 2,032,221 2,084,782 +2.6
Suspicion 840 284 -66.2 274 29 -89.4 566 255 -54.9
Curfew and loitering law violations 23,227 12,247 -47.3 23,227 12,247 -47.3 - - -
  • 1 Does not include suspicion.
  • 2 The rape figures in this table are aggregate totals of the data submitted based on both the legacy and revised Uniform Crime Reporting definitions.
  • 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, 2014–2018

  • Overall, the number of persons arrested in 2018 decreased 6.7 percent from the number of persons arrested in 2014. The number of adults arrested declined 4.7 percent, and the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested fell 26.7 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for violent crimes in 2018 increased 3.4 percent when compared with the 2014 number. Arrests of adults for violent crimes increased 4.5 percent for the same comparison period, but arrests of juveniles decreased 5.7 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes in 2018 decreased 25.3 percent when compared with 2014 data. Arrests of adults for property crimes decreased 22.2 percent, and arrests of juveniles decreased 43.0 percent.
  • Arrests increased for 3 of the 4 violent crimes. However, for robbery, offenses decreased 7.0 percent. Arrests of adults for robbery were down 6.7 percent, and arrests of juveniles for robbery declined 8.3 percent in 2018 when compared with the 2014 data.
  • In a comparison of 2018 and 2014 arrest data, the number of persons arrested for burglary decreased 25.6 percent. The number of adults arrested for burglary fell 21.9 percent, and the number of juveniles arrested for burglary dropped 44.3 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for motor vehicle theft in 2018 increased 29.1 percent when compared with the number of persons arrested for this offense in 2014. Arrests of adults for motor vehicle theft rose 30.9 percent, and arrests of juveniles for the same offense increased 20.3 percent.