Table 34

Five-Year Arrest Trends
Totals, 2002-2006
[9,187 agencies; 2006 estimated population 187,723,263; 2002 estimated population 180,980,321]

Offense charged Number of persons arrested
Total all ages Under 18 years of age 18 years of age and over
2002 2006 Percent change 2002 2006 Percent change 2002 2006 Percent change
TOTAL1 8,646,175 8,970,388 +3.7 1,413,478 1,370,310 -3.1 7,232,697 7,600,078 +5.1
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 7,561 7,899 +4.5 634 747 +17.8 6,927 7,152 +3.2
Forcible rape 17,138 15,194 -11.3 2,857 2,294 -19.7 14,281 12,900 -9.7
Robbery 64,469 74,065 +14.9 14,927 20,055 +34.4 49,542 54,010 +9.0
Aggravated assault 280,559 276,133 -1.6 37,055 36,589 -1.3 243,504 239,544 -1.6
Burglary 183,256 191,271 +4.4 55,252 52,026 -5.8 128,004 139,245 +8.8
Larceny-theft 743,473 684,656 -7.9 221,194 178,464 -19.3 522,279 506,192 -3.1
Motor vehicle theft 85,837 77,998 -9.1 26,122 18,884 -27.7 59,715 59,114 -1.0
Arson 10,670 10,197 -4.4 5,462 5,187 -5.0 5,208 5,010 -3.8
Violent crime2 369,727 373,291 +1.0 55,473 59,685 +7.6 314,254 313,606 -0.2
Property crime2 1,023,236 964,122 -5.8 308,030 254,561 -17.4 715,206 709,561 -0.8
Other assaults 804,954 813,863 +1.1 147,075 154,433 +5.0 657,879 659,430 +0.2
Forgery and counterfeiting 73,966 67,351 -8.9 3,290 2,160 -34.3 70,676 65,191 -7.8
Fraud 215,764 184,405 -14.5 5,630 4,833 -14.2 210,134 179,572 -14.5
Embezzlement 13,009 13,629 +4.8 980 952 -2.9 12,029 12,677 +5.4
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 74,118 76,492 +3.2 15,244 13,347 -12.4 58,874 63,145 +7.3
Vandalism 175,407 189,816 +8.2 67,873 74,899 +10.4 107,534 114,917 +6.9
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 98,074 117,875 +20.2 21,438 28,060 +30.9 76,636 89,815 +17.2
Prostitution and commercialized vice 41,093 42,910 +4.4 724 838 +15.7 40,369 42,072 +4.2
Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 55,551 50,597 -8.9 11,975 9,769 -18.4 43,576 40,828 -6.3
Drug abuse violations 958,031 1,117,815 +16.7 115,793 117,172 +1.2 842,238 1,000,643 +18.8
Gambling 3,734 3,990 +6.9 366 438 +19.7 3,368 3,552 +5.5
Offenses against the family and children 85,657 76,206 -11.0 5,996 3,607 -39.8 79,661 72,599 -8.9
Driving under the influence 918,647 910,477 -0.9 13,550 12,447 -8.1 905,097 898,030 -0.8
Liquor laws 409,154 397,966 -2.7 94,860 89,694 -5.4 314,294 308,272 -1.9
Drunkenness 386,036 389,083 +0.8 12,174 11,379 -6.5 373,862 377,704 +1.0
Disorderly conduct 400,506 418,791 +4.6 118,832 128,887 +8.5 281,674 289,904 +2.9
Vagrancy 14,628 18,147 +24.1 1,351 1,409 +4.3 13,277 16,738 +26.1
All other offenses (except traffic) 2,361,593 2,583,492 +9.4 249,534 241,670 -3.2 2,112,059 2,341,822 +10.9
Suspicion 2,710 1,575 -41.9 1,035 292 -71.8 1,675 1,283 -23.4
Curfew and loitering law violations 82,297 87,598 +6.4 82,297 87,598 +6.4 - - -
Runaways 80,993 72,472 -10.5 80,993 72,472 -10.5 - - -

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  • Nationwide, the number of persons arrested in 2006 increased 3.7 percent when compared with arrest data for 2002. The number of adults arrested increased 5.1 percent, but the number of juveniles (individuals under age 18) arrested decreased 3.1 percent in the 5-year trend.
  • For violent crimes, the number of persons arrested increased 1.0 percent.
  • The number of juveniles arrested for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter and robbery rose 17.8 percent and 34.4 percent, respectively. Conversely, the number of juveniles arrested for forcible rape and aggravated assault declined 19.7 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.
  • The number of persons arrested for property crimes declined 5.8 percent when data from 2006 were compared with 2002 numbers.
  • A comparison of drug abuse violation arrests in 2006 and 2002 showed an increase of 16.7 percent. Arrests of adults for this offense rose 18.8 percent, and arrests of juveniles were up 1.2 percent.
  • In 2006, the number of arrests for weapons violations (carrying, possessing, etc.) increased 20.2 percent from the 2002 level. The number of juveniles arrested rose 30.9 percent, and the number of adults arrested for this offense increased 17.2 percent.