Property Crime

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In the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The property crime category includes arson because the offense involves the destruction of property; however, arson victims may be subjected to force. Because of limited participation and varying collection procedures by local law enforcement agencies, only limited data are available for arson. Arson statistics are included in trend, clearance, and arrest tables throughout Crime in the United States, but they are not included in any estimated volume data. The arson section in this report provides more information on that offense.

Data collection

The data presented in Crime in the United States reflect the Hierarchy Rule, which requires that only the most serious offense in a multiple-offense criminal incident be counted. In descending order of severity, the violent crimes are murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, followed by the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.


  • An estimated 10.2 million (10,166,159) property crimes were reported nationwide during 2005.
  • An examination of 2- and 10-year trends shows that the estimated number of property crimes in 2005 decreased 1.5 percent from the 2004 estimate and declined 13.9 percent when compared with estimate for 1996.
  • During 2005, there were an estimated 3,429.8 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • Two-year and 10-year trends show the rate of property crimes in 2005 decreased by 2.4 percent from data for 2004 and declined 22.9 percent when compared with data for 1996.
  • "Two-thirds of all property crimes in 2005 were larceny-thefts. (Based on Table 1.)
  • Property crimes accounted for an estimated $16.5 billion dollars in losses in 2005. (Based on Tables 1 & 23.)

Property Crime Offenses, Five-Year Trend, 2001-2005

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Clearance and arrest data for property crimes.