Table 32

Ten-Year Arrest Trends
Totals, 1997-2006
[7,769 agencies; 2006 estimated population 172,264,090; 1997 estimated population 153,673,448]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
1997 2006 Percent change 1997 2006 Percent change 1997 2006 Percent change
TOTAL1 8,644,918 8,241,244 -4.7 1,670,353 1,268,950 -24.0 6,974,565 6,972,294 *
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 9,000 7,515 -16.5 1,224 710 -42.0 7,776 6,805 -12.5
Forcible rape 17,777 14,127 -20.5 3,047 2,104 -30.9 14,730 12,023 -18.4
Robbery 75,806 70,661 -6.8 22,845 19,219 -15.9 52,961 51,442 -2.9
Aggravated assault 299,789 261,040 -12.9 43,517 34,434 -20.9 256,272 226,606 -11.6
Burglary 209,972 181,287 -13.7 78,484 49,482 -37.0 131,488 131,805 +0.2
Larceny-theft 874,874 634,416 -27.5 302,506 165,840 -45.2 572,368 468,576 -18.1
Motor vehicle theft 91,797 70,934 -22.7 36,940 17,342 -53.1 54,857 53,592 -2.3
Arson 11,031 9,509 -13.8 6,112 4,794 -21.6 4,919 4,715 -4.1
Violent crime2 402,372 353,343 -12.2 70,633 56,467 -20.1 331,739 296,876 -10.5
Property crime2 1,187,674 896,146 -24.5 424,042 237,458 -44.0 763,632 658,688 -13.7
Other assaults 777,350 742,328 -4.5 138,719 141,986 +2.4 638,631 600,342 -6.0
Forgery and counterfeiting 71,042 62,098 -12.6 5,052 2,054 -59.3 65,990 60,044 -9.0
Fraud 234,057 170,200 -27.3 6,402 4,447 -30.5 227,655 165,753 -27.2
Embezzlement 11,346 13,074 +15.2 888 912 +2.7 10,458 12,162 +16.3
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 86,621 73,173 -15.5 23,029 12,680 -44.9 63,592 60,493 -4.9
Vandalism 177,554 173,012 -2.6 79,986 68,868 -13.9 97,568 104,144 +6.7
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 122,773 115,266 -6.1 30,140 27,198 -9.8 92,633 88,068 -4.9
Prostitution and commercialized vice 48,141 37,719 -21.6 688 788 +14.5 47,453 36,931 -22.2
Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 55,900 48,441 -13.3 11,065 9,293 -16.0 44,835 39,148 -12.7
Drug abuse violations 884,598 1,045,377 +18.2 122,020 108,087 -11.4 762,578 937,290 +22.9
Gambling 6,172 3,164 -48.7 715 405 -43.4 5,457 2,759 -49.4
Offenses against the family and children 85,786 72,826 -15.1 5,775 2,978 -48.4 80,011 69,848 -12.7
Driving under the influence 814,757 809,753 -0.6 10,945 11,074 +1.2 803,812 798,679 -0.6
Liquor laws 356,230 352,636 -1.0 92,366 78,530 -15.0 263,864 274,106 +3.9
Drunkenness 462,690 363,221 -21.5 14,755 10,338 -29.9 447,935 352,883 -21.2
Disorderly conduct 412,053 387,696 -5.9 109,956 118,160 +7.5 302,097 269,536 -10.8
Vagrancy 16,490 15,918 -3.5 1,999 1,284 -35.8 14,491 14,634 +1.0
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,190,350 2,357,286 +7.6 280,216 227,376 -18.9 1,910,134 2,129,910 +11.5
Suspicion 3,924 1,575 -59.9 1,070 278 -74.0 2,854 1,297 -54.6
Curfew and loitering law violations 116,347 80,440 -30.9 116,347 80,440 -30.9 - - -
Runaways 124,615 68,127 -45.3 124,615 68,127 -45.3 - - -

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  • Ten-year trend data showed that the number of persons arrested in 2006 declined 4.7 percent from the 1997 number.
  • The number of adults arrested in 2006 remained virtually unchanged (a decrease of less than 1 percent) when compared with data from 1997.
  • The number of juveniles arrested dropped significantly (-24.0 percent) in 2006 from the 1997 figure.
  • In 2006, the number of arrests for violent crimes decreased 12.2 percent from the 1997 figure. The number of arrests for murder was down 16.5 percent.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes fell 24.5 percent in 2006 when compared with data for 1997. The number of arrests for motor vehicle theft and for larceny-theft declined 22.7 percent and 27.5 percent, respectively, when data for 2006 were compared with that for 1997.
  • In 2006, the number of persons arrested for drug abuse violations increased 18.2 percent when compared with data from 1997. Arrests of adults for this offense increased 22.9 percent; however, arrest of juveniles for drug abuse violations decreased 11.4 percent.