Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2002

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Crime in the United States, 2001

Final data released by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in the annual publication Crime in the United States, 2001 indicate that:

  • The estimated 11.8 million Crime Index offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in the Nation in 2001 represented a 2.1-percent increase over the 2000 estimate, the first year-to-year increase since 1991.
  • Estimated violent crime in 2001 rose 0.8 percent over 2000 estimates. Estimated aggravated assault volumes decreased 0.5-percent from 2000 data. Robberies increased 3.7 percent, murders rose 2.5 percent, and forcible rapes increased 0.3 percent in volume.
  • Estimated property crimes were up 2.3 percent over 2000 estimates. Motor vehicle thefts increased 5.7 percent, burglaries rose 2.9 percent, and larceny-thefts increased 1.5 percent.
  • Hate crime data were provided by 11,987 law enforcement agencies. The 9,726 hate crime incidents reported in 2001 involved 11,447 separate offenses, 12,016 victims, and 9,231 known offenders.
  • Law enforcement made an estimated 13.7 million arrests for criminal offenses (excluding traffic violations) in 2001.
  • Most data associated with the events of September 11, 2001, are included only in a special report in Section V of Crime in the United States, 2001. The book and press release are available electronically at the FBI's Internet site at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm.

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