Table 34

Five-Year Arrest Trends

Totals, 2015–2019

[9,656 agencies; 2019 estimated population 201,599,471; 2015 estimated population 197,695,401]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2015 2019 Percent
change
2015 2019 Percent
change
2015 2019 Percent
change
TOTAL1 6,611,598 6,146,623 -7.0 562,729 431,375 -23.3 6,048,869 5,715,248 -5.5
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 6,254 6,620 +5.9 437 518 +18.5 5,817 6,102 +4.9
Rape2 13,794 14,816 +7.4 2,229 2,544 +14.1 11,565 12,272 +6.1
Robbery 53,591 46,537 -13.2 9,936 9,914 -0.2 43,655 36,623 -16.1
Aggravated assault 227,790 235,828 +3.5 17,385 16,520 -5.0 210,405 219,308 +4.2
Burglary 134,310 105,699 -21.3 22,307 13,064 -41.4 112,003 92,635 -17.3
Larceny-theft 726,267 542,323 -25.3 99,528 55,457 -44.3 626,739 486,866 -22.3
Motor vehicle theft 46,430 51,698 +11.3 8,007 8,634 +7.8 38,423 43,064 +12.1
Arson 5,529 5,537 +0.1 1,770 1,074 -39.3 3,759 4,463 +18.7
Violent crime3 301,429 303,801 +0.8 29,987 29,496 -1.6 271,442 274,305 +1.1
Property crime3 912,536 705,257 -22.7 131,612 78,229 -40.6 780,924 627,028 -19.7
Other assaults 658,483 627,873 -4.6 82,257 76,546 -6.9 576,226 551,327 -4.3
Forgery and counterfeiting 33,036 29,569 -10.5 635 552 -13.1 32,401 29,017 -10.4
Fraud 80,686 71,636 -11.2 2,546 2,260 -11.2 78,140 69,376 -11.2
Embezzlement 10,269 8,967 -12.7 373 375 +0.5 9,896 8,592 -13.2
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 55,332 57,620 +4.1 6,419 5,724 -10.8 48,913 51,896 +6.1
Vandalism 120,552 113,162 -6.1 26,823 20,263 -24.5 93,729 92,899 -0.9
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 85,497 93,928 +9.9 11,551 9,779 -15.3 73,946 84,149 +13.8
Prostitution and commercialized vice 18,502 11,600 -37.3 268 101 -62.3 18,234 11,499 -36.9
Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution) 29,855 25,261 -15.4 5,308 4,188 -21.1 24,547 21,073 -14.2
Drug abuse violations 901,591 953,535 +5.8 61,084 49,305 -19.3 840,507 904,230 +7.6
Gambling 2,058 1,576 -23.4 189 138 -27.0 1,869 1,438 -23.1
Offenses against the family and children 61,356 53,467 -12.9 1,997 1,982 -0.8 59,359 51,485 -13.3
Driving under the influence 639,378 583,840 -8.7 4,032 3,260 -19.1 635,346 580,580 -8.6
Liquor laws 166,853 102,327 -38.7 27,353 15,904 -41.9 139,500 86,423 -38.0
Drunkenness 269,816 209,130 -22.5 3,712 2,117 -43.0 266,104 207,013 -22.2
Disorderly conduct 227,862 193,178 -15.2 41,421 33,277 -19.7 186,441 159,901 -14.2
Vagrancy 14,837 12,102 -18.4 590 236 -60.0 14,247 11,866 -16.7
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,002,856 1,979,056 -1.2 105,758 87,905 -16.9 1,897,098 1,891,151 -0.3
Suspicion 926 216 -76.7 65 11 -83.1 861 205 -76.2
Curfew and loitering law violations 18,814 9,738 -48.2 18,814 9,738 -48.2 - - -
  • 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, 2015–2019

  • Overall, the number of persons arrested in 2019 decreased 7.0 percent from the number of persons arrested in 2015. The number of adults arrested declined 5.5 percent, and the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested fell 23.3 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for violent crimes in 2019 increased 0.8 percent when compared with the 2015 number. Arrests of adults for violent crimes increased 1.1 percent for the same comparison period, but arrests of juveniles decreased 1.6 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes in 2019 decreased 22.7 percent when compared with 2015 data. Arrests of adults for property crimes decreased 19.7 percent, and arrests of juveniles decreased 40.6 percent.
  • Arrests increased for 3 of the 4 violent crimes. However, for robbery, offenses decreased 13.2 percent. Arrests of adults for robbery were down 16.1 percent, and arrests of juveniles for robbery declined 0.2 percent in 2019 when compared with the 2015 data.
  • In a comparison of 2019 and 2015 arrest data, the number of persons arrested for larceny-theft decreased 25.3 percent. The number of adults arrested for larceny-theft fell 22.3 percent, and the number of juveniles arrested for larceny-theft dropped 44.3 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for motor vehicle theft in 2019 increased 11.3 percent when compared with the number of persons arrested for this offense in 2015. Arrests of adults for motor vehicle theft rose 12.1 percent, and arrests of juveniles for the same offense increased 7.8 percent.