Crime in the United States - statistics & facts

Published by Statista Research Department, Apr 29, 2019
The analysis of crime in the United States is generally split into two broad categories, violent crime and property crime. Our hub for all information relating to violent crime can be found here, while the property crime hub is found here. A tracking of crime rates over the last 20 years shows that violent crime in the United States has been on the decline. In 2017, reported violent crime was down 48 percent from 1990. However Americans still perceive a crime problem in their country, despite evidence to the contrary. Some 68 percent of the population felt there was more crime in 2017 than the year prior.

Property crime, or non-violent crime, is currently the biggest criminal issue plaguing the nation by far. The rate of motor vehicle theft, on the other hand, has declined sharply since the early 2000s. Crime prevention specialists credit this to the sophisticated security devices installed on many new cars, such as alarm systems, GPS devices, and ignition immobilizers.

Regarding clearance rates and arrests, murder and nonnegligent, manslaughter had the highest clearance rates of all crime in 2017, with around 62 percent of such crimes leading to arrests. Crime clearance rates differ between rural and urban areas, states and regions. In 2017, the Northeast reported the highest rates of crime clearance in the U.S. for both violent crime and property crime. In total, there were around 10.55 million arrests in the U.S. in 2017, the lowest number seen over the last two decades.

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