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.