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Home Crime in the U.S. 2019 Preliminary Report

Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January–June, 2019

Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation showed an overall decrease of 3.1 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2019 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2018. The violent crime category includes murder, rape (revised definition), robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States from January to June of 2019 dropped 5.6 percent when compared with data for the same time period in 2018. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals due to fluctuations in reporting. Figures for the first six months of 2019 indicate that arson decreased 12.5 percent when compared with 2018 figures for the same time period. 

The data presented in Tables 1 and 2 indicate the percent change in offenses known to law enforcement for the first 6 months of 2019 compared with those for the first half of 2018 by population group and region, respectively. Table 3 reflects the percent change in offenses reported within the nation for consecutive years (each year compared with the prior year). Table 4 presents the number of offenses known to law enforcement for agencies with resident populations of 100,000 or more that provided 6 months of complete data for 2019. In addition, Table 4 presents 6 months of 2018 data, where available, as a point of comparison. All data in this Report are preliminary.

Caution against ranking

Figures used in this Report were submitted voluntarily by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Individuals using these tabulations are cautioned against drawing conclusions by making direct comparisons between cities. Comparisons lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. It is important to remember that crime is a social problem and, therefore, a concern of the entire community. In addition, the efforts of law enforcement are limited to factors within its control. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual agencies. Further information on this topic can be obtained in Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics: Their Proper Use.

Additional Information

The preliminary data for the first six months of 2020 is scheduled to be released on the Crime Data Explorer in September 2020. For more details, see Recent Program Updates at

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Report issued by Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20535


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  • Criminal Justice Information Services Committee, National Sheriffs' Association
  • Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board

Table 1 
    Percent Change, by Population Group

Table 2
    Percent Change, by Region

Table 3
    Percent Change for Consecutive Years

Table 4
    Offenses Reported to Law Enforcement, by State by Cities 100,000 and over in population

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