FBI Releases its
2005 Crime Statistics

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September 18, 2006

Washington, D.C.—The estimated volume of violent crime in the Nation increased 2.3 percent, but the estimated volume of property crime decreased 1.5 percent in 2005 when compared with 2004 data, according to FBI statistics released today.  From 2004 to 2005, the rate of violent crime, estimated at 469.2 violent offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, increased 1.3 percent, but the rate of property crime, estimated at 3,429.8 property offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, decreased 2.4 percent.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program presented these data in the 2005 edition of Crime in the United States, a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies nationwide.  In 2005, more than 17,000 city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, representing 94 percent of the Nation’s population, voluntarily participated in the Program.

The UCR Program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  The Program also gathers arrest data for 29 offenses.

Statistics provided in Crime in the United States, 2005, include: