Table 27

Percent of Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means
Additional Information About Selected Offenses
by Population Group, 2008
Population group Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft Arson1 Number
of
agencies
2008
estimated
population
Rape
by
force
Assault
to rape-
attempts
Firearm Knife or
cutting
instrument
Other
weapon
Strongarm Firearm Knife or
cutting
instrument
Other
weapon
Hands,
fists, feet,
etc.
Forcible
entry
Unlawful
entry
Attempted
forcible
entry
Autos Trucks
and
buses
Other
vehicles
Structure Mobile Other
TOTAL ALL AGENCIES: Offenses known 66,958 5,502 145,944 26,407 29,502 135,712 138,167 121,413 210,134 169,256 1,082,875 568,245 110,741 582,054 137,036 72,910 23,958 16,152 15,407 13,472 241,803,753
Percent cleared by arrest 39.3 40.5 21.0 29.4 28.8 30.8 39.5 61.8 55.3 59.4 11.6 13.9 10.6 12.3 9.5 10.5 21.4 8.8 21.0
TOTAL CITIES Offenses known 50,184 4,377 126,207 23,322 25,725 121,074 111,844 98,634 163,569 122,123 811,363 422,617 86,993 475,228 110,045 47,961 18,280 11,531 11,332 9,823 164,394,139
Percent cleared by arrest 38.1 40.5 21.0 28.9 28.5 30.4 37.7 61.3 54.2 58.4 11.1 13.6 10.7 11.3 8.4 9.9 21.1 8.5 21.8
GROUP I
(250,000 and over)
Offenses known 15,526 1,828 70,741 11,232 11,785 58,130 58,866 39,426 69,598 31,592 312,070 114,157 28,267 212,928 65,428 17,457 6,566 5,594 3,089 67 41,720,494
Percent cleared by arrest 41.4 41.4 19.4 26.3 25.2 27.3 34.2 58.7 50.6 50.3 8.6 10.9 9.9 9.2 6.2 8.8 18.2 5.7 17.8
1,000,000 and over
(Group I subset)
Offenses known 4,477 769 24,427 4,793 4,269 21,139 17,617 13,163 20,691 10,076 99,131 34,584 7,288 66,634 30,542 7,232 1,888 2,408 1,030 8 14,369,058
Percent cleared by arrest 48.4 42.9 19.6 25.9 27.5 30.8 35.8 57.9 51.2 50.8 7.5 9.2 11.3 9.4 4.6 7.3 17.1 5.0 11.1
500,000 to 999,999
(Group I subset)
Offenses known 5,545 573 27,386 3,759 4,396 19,918 23,652 15,632 27,980 10,990 124,635 39,881 12,490 82,316 21,079 6,091 2,247 1,495 952 22 14,623,528
Percent cleared by arrest 40.3 39.6 17.2 25.6 23.8 23.4 34.5 58.0 48.4 47.7 8.4 10.4 9.4 8.5 6.8 9.7 18.4 5.5 19.3
250,000 to 499,999
(Group I subset)
Offenses known 5,504 486 18,928 2,680 3,120 17,073 17,597 10,631 20,927 10,526 88,304 39,692 8,489 63,978 13,807 4,134 2,431 1,691 1,107 37 12,727,908
Percent cleared by arrest 36.7 41.2 22.2 28.2 24.1 27.6 32.3 60.8 53.0 52.5 10.3 12.8 9.3 9.7 9.1 9.9 18.8 6.7 22.7
GROUP II
(100,000 to 249,999)
Offenses known 8,234 673 21,663 4,252 5,168 21,285 18,554 17,688 28,171 15,620 139,449 74,139 14,811 89,573 17,449 8,071 2,791 1,887 1,814 170 25,118,296
Percent cleared by arrest 37.7 39.1 20.4 27.3 28.3 30.7 37.5 62.4 54.6 61.5 10.5 12.9 9.8 9.5 9.0 7.8 18.3 7.1 22.2
GROUP III
(50,000 to 99,999)
Offenses known 8,040 569 13,607 3,404 3,549 17,595 13,230 14,610 22,992 20,205 117,106 72,461 14,677 71,800 12,041 6,905 2,806 1,683 2,075 406 27,823,891
Percent cleared by arrest 34.8 38.7 23.6 29.5 32.1 32.2 38.1 61.1 56.4 57.5 12.3 14.4 11.9 11.0 9.7 9.5 18.9 9.5 22.5
GROUP IV
(25,000 to 49,999)
Offenses known 6,451 390 8,583 2,054 2,444 10,392 8,196 10,095 16,370 15,447 85,726 53,187 10,591 41,225 5,947 6,071 1,911 933 1,750 693 23,741,598
Percent cleared by arrest 33.7 42.1 24.7 33.7 32.0 34.6 43.6 62.6 57.4 61.3 11.6 13.7 10.5 13.4 13.1 9.7 22.1 11.9 19.9
GROUP V
(10,000 to 24,999)
Offenses known 6,360 419 7,229 1,452 1,816 8,220 7,150 9,220 14,232 17,426 85,417 56,271 9,952 35,136 5,368 4,821 1,995 782 1,333 1,554 24,493,117
Percent cleared by arrest 37.7 40.1 26.4 38.4 33.1 37.3 49.5 66.5 60.9 62.0 14.3 16.0 11.3 19.0 16.0 13.2 27.6 16.9 28.3
GROUP VI
(under 10,000)
Offenses known 5,573 498 4,384 928 963 5,452 5,848 7,595 12,206 21,833 71,595 52,402 8,695 24,566 3,812 4,636 2,211 652 1,271 6,933 21,496,743
Percent cleared by arrest 39.9 40.6 26.8 38.8 38.5 37.8 50.5 65.2 58.1 63.9 16.2 16.7 12.4 23.4 20.0 15.8 29.3 19.8 25.6
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 11,568 757 18,157 2,802 3,284 13,330 19,991 17,732 36,079 32,211 193,240 105,000 18,229 88,401 22,849 18,580 4,152 3,849 3,189 1,488 54,365,891
Percent cleared by arrest 41.9 42.3 19.5 32.3 30.6 33.4 43.7 63.1 58.4 62.9 12.1 14.4 9.7 14.5 12.2 10.2 21.6 8.1 17.6
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Offenses known 5,206 368 1,580 283 493 1,308 6,332 5,047 10,486 14,922 78,272 40,628 5,519 18,425 4,142 6,369 1,526 772 886 2,161 23,043,723
Percent cleared by arrest 44.7 37.2 35.3 45.2 35.3 40.4 58.0 65.6 60.1 60.6 15.8 15.9 12.6 25.7 23.3 16.0 24.9 15.7 22.5
SUBURBAN AREAS2 Offenses known 21,888 1,479 31,363 5,596 6,593 29,218 31,331 32,176 60,536 63,764 335,229 204,824 36,919 160,988 33,599 28,631 7,526 5,255 6,072 7,071 103,114,853
Percent cleared by arrest 39.5 41.4 21.6 34.4 32.2 34.8 44.9 64.6 59.3 63.6 12.7 15.0 10.4 15.0 12.7 10.7 24.2 9.8 20.5

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